'Red Sea' Of More Than 30000 Protesting Farmers Reach Mumbai's Azad Maidan

'Red Sea' Of More Than 30000 Protesting Farmers Reach Mumbai's Azad Maidan

"We intend to reach Mumbai city on Sunday evening in a bid to seek attention of government towards our plight", said Tola Ram, a farmer who is attending the march.

The similar demands of loan waiver and almost 50 percent profit over the input cost have been made by farmers across the country, putting the BJP-led central government in a delima.

Tens of thousands of farmers from across western India have arrived in Mumbai demanding, among other things, a waiver of farm loans and fair prices for their produce as India's agriculture sector struggles amid years of declining earnings. Around 1,753 debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide in the western state since June a year ago, claims the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS). "Some farmers in Dindori taluk have faced bank action and confiscation of tractors", he said.

The agitating farmers' perseverance could be gauged from the fact that they have been walking since Tuesday last when they left Nashik in north Maharashtra, braving the scorching Sun and the intense humidity.

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Mumbai: Around 20,000 farmers of the Kisan Sabha will protest at Azad Maidan on Monday.

The police warned that citizens should brace for the traffic snarls as they could experience "some inconvenience" along the march route, especially considering that the Board exams for HSC, SSC, ICSE, and ISC are underway, TOI reported.

According to the traffic police, the protesters will enter the city at 10 am from Anand Nagar toll naka, Mulund, via the Eastern Express Highway, and will proceed through Vikhroli, Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, Chheda Nagar, Suman Nagar and reach Somaiyya Ground, Sion, around 9 pm on Sunday.

"We will talk to them and sort out their issues".

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Nawle says riders put in by the Fadnavis government for loan waivers were just a means to deny farmers their due by tying them up in "terms and conditions". "We will take a delegation to the Chief Minister", Mahajan said, addressing the protesters.

Protesting farmers have demanded a change in the plan to link rivers in Nashik, Thane and Palghar to ensure that tribal lands are not submerged and water from the scheme be made available to these areas as well as other drought-prone districts, organisers said.

"I haven't had any discussions with any of the leaders of the protest march". Meanwhile, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has announced his support to the farmers.

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