Mumbai: Lok Sangarsh Morcha which had led the farmers’ protests at Azad Maidan on Thursday in Mumbai has called off the protest after getting written assurances on their demands from the Maharashtra Government. Also Read - Cyclone Nisarga to Make Landfall Today; Maharashtra, Gujarat on High Alert | Top Developments
A delegation of farmers met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the day to reiterate their demands for loan waiver and land rights among others nearly after eight months they were promised reforms by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Also Read - Coronavirus: With 2,287 New Cases Maharashtra at 72,300; Gujarat Reaches 17,632 With 415 Fresh Cases
Apart from demanding loan waiver, the farmers are also urging the state CM for implementing the recommendations of the MS Swaminathan Commission for 50 per cent more than the cost of their crops, land rights for tribal farmers as well as compensation for farm labourers. Also Read - Cyclone Nisarga: Day Before Landfall, Heavy Rains Lash Mumbai
Thousands of farmers and tribals were back in Mumbai after walking nearly 40 kilometres to demand for the implementation of the measures promised by the Fadnavis government in March last year. Protesters walked for 13 hours to reach Azad Maidan. Jilabai from Nandurbar district, who is more than 100 years old, was among the protesters who walked from Thane to Azad Maidan. She was called on the stage at Azad Maidan where she sang a song criticising the government and shouted slogans.
Apart from the farmers, supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party and some Mumbai based social groups also participated in the march.
Officials of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) said they diverted all of its south-bound bus routes on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marg via Bhoiwada and KEM Hospital route since 8 am due to the march.
This is the second time in eight months that the farmers have marched to Mumbai demanding their rights. More than 35,000 farmers from across Maharashtra, led by Left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), took out a march’ from Nashik to Mumbai on March 12 to press for their demands.