Around 30,000 farmers march from Nasik to Mumbai to protest in front of the state legislature against the government’s negligence of farmers’ misery. The long march, which is led by Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS), an organ of CPI (M), will reach Mumbai on Sunday. The farmers will cover 35 kilometers per day, on an average.
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The long march started on Tuesday from the CBS Chowk in Nashik. Complete farm loan waiver, transfer of forest land to tillers, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre to farmers hit by hailstorm and pink bollworm, and putting a stop to sharing the state’s water with Gujarat are some of the demands of the protesters.
As the march nears Mumbai, more and more farmers are expected to join the protest, which will make the total number of farmers more than a lakh, say reports. The Peasants and Workers Party and CPI have also extended their support to the long march. The BJP led Maharashtra government, which always boasts its pro-farmer agenda and pro-agriculture rhetoric, is in a stalemate as the long march has become one of the largest farmer protests in recent times.