Thousand of farmers from Maharashtra’s 21 district gathered at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on Monday morning to protest against central three farm laws passed by Parliament in September last year. NCP chief Sharad Pawar was also present at Azad Maidan to support the farmers who are protesting for two days against the centre’s new agri bill.
During his speech at the rally, the NCP supremo lashed out at Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari for not meeting the farmers who are protesting in Mumbai in solidarity with their counterparts in Delhi. Pawar also hit out at Maharashtra Governor for heading to Goa at a time when peasants from the state were to submit a memorandum to the latter against the farm laws.
“Maharashtra has never seen such a Governor before. He has the time to meet Bollywood celebrity Kangana Ranaut but not the farmers. It was the moral responsibility of the Governor to come here & meet you,” the NCP chief said.
The former agriculture minister further continued that it was unfortunate that those in power did not care about the protesting farmers.
Besides Pawar Maharashtra revenue minister and state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, All India Kisan Sabha general secretary Hannan Mollah and others also addressed the rally in Mumbai where thousands of farmers have gathered.
Pawar also slammed PM Modi and ask, “It has been 60 days since the farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan are protesting near Delhi. Did the country’s PM enquire about (the farmers)?
“It was mentioned that the farmers are from Punjab. Does Punjab mean Pakistan?” Pawar asked.
You are going to Raj Bhavan to meet the Governor. Maharashtra has never seen such a Governor before. He has the time to meet Kangana (Ranaut) but not the farmers. It was the moral responsibility of the Governor to come here & meet you: NCP chief Sharad Pawar https://t.co/aqZw7F7HNz
— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2021
The rally was carried out in support of the farmers who are protesting at the borders of the national capital over two months against the three new farm laws brought in by the centre.