The farmers' march was led by the All India Kisan Sabha. Photograph:( ANI )
Over 30,000 farmers protesting against the BJP government in Maharashtra demanding a complete farm loan waiver, will reach Mumbai on Sunday.
The farmers, who started their march from Nashik, reached the doorstep of Mumbai, Thane on Saturday evening. The farmers will reach Mumbai on Sunday.
The 180-km-long march is led by All India Kisan Sabha National President Ashok Davle, local MLA J P Gavit and other leaders.
The farmers are planning to gherao the Vidhan Bhawan on Monday to demand complete loan waiver, remunerative prices for agricultural produce and implementation of Swaminathan commission recommendations which addresses issues of providing minimum support prices (MSP) and safeguarding interests of small farmers.
The Devendra Fadnavis government has been under immense pressure after continuous protests by farmers who alleged that he did not honour assurances given to farmers for a farm loan waiver of Rs. 34,000 crore in June last year.
Ashok Davle has accused the BJP government of having betrayed farmers. He said that promises made have remained unfulfilled.
He is also demanding transfer of forest land to those who have been tilling it for years and an increase in the compensation for peasants whose crops were damaged in the recent hailstorms and pink bollworm infestation.
Farmers and farm labourers in large number from various districts of the state gathered in Nashik city before setting off on ‘long march’ to Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon.
The budget session is also underway at the state legislature.