Kisna March reach Mumbai, Shiv Sena offers support

The massive Long March of the Maharashtra unit of the All India Kisan Sabha. Express

The massive Long March of the Maharashtra unit of the All India Kisan Sabha. Express

Around 1,753 debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide in the western state since June previous year, claims the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS).

The farmers, under the aegis of the Left-affiliated AIKS, are demanding, among other things, proper implementation of the Maharashtra government's loan waiver scheme.

After covering about 180 km from Maharashtra's Nashik district, anguished 35,000 farmers have finally reached state's capital Mumbai.

Mumbai: Over 25000 farmers led by Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS), are marching towards Mumbai to block access to Mantralaya - the state legislature building, from Monday until their demands are met.

Nearly 70 percent of the 300 million Indians are directly or undirectly dependened of agriculture.

The massive march has also drawn support from BJP ally Shiv Sena, Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, its organisers said.

Security has been tightened in Mumbai and the police has issued traffic advisory for a busy Monday.

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On Friday, as the farmers reached Vasind, about 63 km from Mumbai, their numbers had swelled, and so had their discontent against the Devendra Fadnavis government. They want the Sena to speak as representatives of the government and not as a political party.

Complete loan waiver and profit of 1.5 times input cost for all major agriculture commodities are the major demands of the AIKS.

According to the ABKS, 25,000 farmers are already part of the protest, while thousands more are expected to join on the way to Mumbai.

The massive march of over 30,000 farmers is now slowly proceeding towards the KJ Somaiya ground in central Mumbai.

Sources said the protesters will not be allowed to proceed beyond a certain point a delegation will be allowed to come to the Vidhan Bhavan to meet the Chief Minister. Many have fainted and required medical help along the way, but the government hasn't taken any notice of the protest march. Eknath Shinde, senior Shiv Sena leader and minister in the state cabinet, welcomed the march in Thane. The protest has embarrassed the BJP-led state government, which claimed to take various measures to tackle farmers' crisis. "Give me a chance, whenever you will need me, I will be there for you", the MNS president had assured.

It was wrong to say that farmers were demanding loan waiver, as they are not criminals that they should need a "waiver", Aditya said, adding "farmers are fighting for "freedom from debt".

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