30000 protesting farmers reach Mumbai, plan to gherao Vidhan Sabha tomorrow

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While the organisers have said they would try to reach the assembly in peaceful manner, the government is likely to stop the protest march at Azad Maidan.

The march has been organised to protest the failures of the state BJP government on the farm front, including issues like farm loan waivers, remunerative prices for produce, non-implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission as well as the Forest Rights Act, he said.

"Farmers in the state are reeling under the ripples of agrarian distress and they are under huge financial burden.

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

Ajit Nawale of AIKS said senior Sena leader and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde met protesting long march leaders when it entered neighbouring.

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Farmer leader Vijay Javandhia told BBC Marathi that "agricultural income has swiftly declined in the country". The ABKS delegation that will meet the Chief Minister tomorrow will comprise farmers' leaders from all over the State. If they try any tricks on us, we will start a hunger strike here at Azad Maidan.

State Finance Minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar, in his Budget speech on Friday had said that certain guidelines have been provided with a view to ensure that the benefits of the scheme are availed only by the needy and deserving farmers. However, the farmers refused. Let us see how they respond.

The CPI (M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha, which is spearheading the protest, said it will consider what the government has to offer.

Government officials and the police are already in talks with the protesters to avoid chaos on Monday. "If the ruling BJP tries to short-change them, then the farmers will not spare either Fadnavis or his party", Nawale said. Sharad Pawar led NCP has also offered its support to farmers. Political parties like the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have announced their support for the farmers. Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh and RPI workers participated in the protest and welcomed the agitators at various places in Mumbai on Sunday. A complete loan waiver and transfer of land to tribal farmers are among their key demands. They should get their rightful due. During the last 25 years, more than four lakh farmers have committed suicide across India.

The agitating farmers included men and women.

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