The long march of farmers and tribals has halted after assurance from the government, but their representatives on Friday said they will continue to head to Mumbai if they see no concrete steps from the government to address their issues.
“We have halted the long march.” But we need to see concrete action from the government that our issues will be addressed, or else we will head to Mumbai,” Vinod Nikole, a Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA, said.
His party colleague and former MLA Java Gavit is leading the long march, which includes thousands of farmers who began their journey in Nashik. He said that as long as the government does not issue orders to officials on the ground, they will stay put. Their demands range from Rs 600 per quintal of relief to onion farmers, a 12-hour uninterrupted power supply to farmers, and a waiver of farm loans.
The march is currently at Vasind, around 80 kilometres from Mumbai.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, who led the talks with Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday, termed the discussion with farmer representatives as positive. He will also make a statement on the issue in the state legislature on Friday.