Farmers call off their strike as Mah govt accepts their demand

12 March, Mumbai

 

The thousands of farmers, who were protesting in support of their demands at Azad Maidan in the city, called off their agitation after Maharashtra Government accepted their demands.

The protest was called off after they reached an agreement with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The government agreed to give a written draft of the solutions to the concerns of farmers within the next two months.

A 12-member delegation of the protesting farmers had met a six-member government committee.

A delegation of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with a charter of demands on Monday.

However, earlier in the day the Chief Minister said on the Floor of the Assembly that 95 per cent of those camping at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan were tribals and technically not farmers. This had angered the farmers. Farmers’ leaders called the statement ‘a lie’ and accused the government of trying to discredit the protest.

BJP MP Poonam Majahan also stoked a controversy by calling the protesting farmers ‘urban Maoists’. However, hitting back, Left leader M B Rajesh advised her to “read the newspapers”.

The farmers, who had banded together under the Left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), had reached Mumbai on Sunday afternoon after a grueling 180 km journey for six days from Nashik.

The farmers from across Maharashtra had embarked on a ‘Long March’ from Nashik on March 6 to press their various demand. They reached Azad Maidan here on Monday.

The demands of the farmers included a complete loan waiver, among otherthings. To deal with the situation, the Maharashtra Government had decided to appoint a six members committee. The committee comprised Maharashtra Minister Chandrakant Patil, Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar, Irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan, Tribal Development Minister Vishnu Savara, State Cooperatives Minister Subhash Deshmukh and Shiv Sena leader and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde.

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