New Delhi, March 12: Maharashtra Farmers called off their protest after reaching an agreement with the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on Monday. Addressing the agitating farmers, CM Fadnavis announced that his government has accepted all demands and said that the talks with the delegation of farmers were very conducive. “We have accepted most of their demands and have given them a written letter,” Fadnavis told reporters today.
Maharashtra minister V Savra says that farmers complained that they should be given rights of the land they cultivate. “The CM has agreed to the demand and chief secretary will follow-up on this and implementation will start in six months,” Savra added.
The Kisan Long March entered Mumbai on Sunday after walking with blistered feet for about 180 km in the sun over the last five days. More than 35,000 farmers earlier in the day marched to the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha in Mumbai, concluding the Long March launched by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS). The farmers were demanding a complete loan waiver among other demands.
While speaking to news agency IANS, Ajit Nawale, state general secretary of AIKS had said,“Farmers in the state are reeling under the ripples of agrarian distress and they are under huge financial burden. The government has not done anything to provide them any relief. So they are left with no option but to express their anguish through the protest march.”
All political parties had supported the farmers’ Long March, with Congress President Rahul Gandhi coming out in favour of the peasantry, terming it as “an unprecedented show of strength” and urged Modi and Fadnavis to shed their egos and concede the farmers’ legitimate demands. Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party had also backed the agitation.