Over thousands of farmers from 21 districts of Maharashtra left for Mumbai on Saturday to begin a statewide Vehicle March against the Centre’s new farm law ahead of a massive rally at the Azad Maidan on Monday.
The farmers are protesting under the aegis of the All India Kisan Sabha’s (AIKS). According to the visuals from the rally showed farmers holding flags and banners, demanding the repeal of the farm laws, as they walked. Reports have said that the farmers will cover the majority of the distance between the two cities in vehicles.
#WATCH | Maharashtra: Under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha, farmers march towards Mumbai from Nashik in support of farmers agitating against three agriculture laws at Delhi borders; Visuals from Kasara Ghat between Nashik to Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/kWtBEpIQ1Y
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According to the statement issued by the organization, the rally will be held in Mumbai on January 25. Former Union agriculture minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar is expected to address the rally, state Congress president Balasaheb Thorat Shiv Sena leader and state Environment and Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, and leaders of the Left and democratic parties, who will address the meeting. Subsequently, the farmers will march to the Raj Bhavan to present a memorandum to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Earlier in January Sharad Pawar has issued a similar warning to the Centre and said the government should not test the farmers’ patience.
The farmers across the state have been protesting for two months against the Centre’s newly enacted bill last year in September. The bill which has created a stir across the nation, however after several meeting between the government and farmer unions have failed to end the standoff with the Supreme Court appointing a committee for resolution. The situation remains the same.
In Delhi, farmers have planned a tractor rally on January 26 as they continue their agitation. Reportedly, thousands of tractors are expected to take part in the rally on Ring Road in the national capital.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra farmers rally is a part of the call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is currently leading the protests in Delhi, to intensify and broaden the struggle from January 23 to 26. More farmers are expected to join the rally in Mumbai.