Over 15,000 farmers of the All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS), demanding a complete waiver of loans, along with amendment in crop prices, arrived in Bhiwandi on Friday as part of their 182-km protest walk from Nashik to Mumbai.
Over 35,000 farmers from across Maharashtra, who embarked on a "Long March" from Nashik on 6.
Ashok Dhawale, president of the All India Kisan Sabha, said: "Our protests are not political". On Monday, they plan to block access to the state legislature building.
"The government is pro-rich and anti-poor. If the ruling BJP tries to short-change them, then the farmers will not spare either Fadnavis or his party", Nawale said.
The Long March entered Mumbai at around 10 am this morning from the Anandnagar Toll Plaza, Mulund via Eastern Express Highway and went through Vikhroli, Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, Chheda Nagar, Suman Nagar, and will reach the Somaiyya Ground in Sion at around 9 pm.
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"Thousands of protesters from Kunbi Sena and Shetkari Kamgar Party will join us on Monday", Gujar said. "I have invited them (farmer leaders) for talks", he said. This is our last attempt now. When asked about the traffic arrangements for Monday, He replied, "We are working on it". Moreover, his farm income in the monsoon season past year plummeted to Rs 10,000 from the expected Rs 40,000 as lower-than-expected rainfall hit his cultivation of cereals and pulses on a small 1.5-acre plot.
"And they are away from their work for five days". This time, the ABKS has chose to take on the government on its own. "All this will definitely have an impact on the elections next year", Sonawne said.
The Mumbai Police are likely to stop the march near Azad Maidan opposite the Chhatrapati Shivajii Maharaj Terminus. "The BJP government is trying to turn farmers into beggars". Farmers are unhappy with the attitude of the state government towards the condition of their community in the state.
"The government should give us ownership of land because it's our right as tribal people", he said. None of them have reached out to the government. The farmers and their supporters say that when the country's agricultural sector is facing a massive crisis due to drought, suicides of farmers, rising debt of farmers and failure to get minimum support price (MSP), among others, the farmers deserve full waiver of loans.