Maharashtra farmers' discontent boiling over, protest march to reach Vidhan Bhavan Monday

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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.

It was wrong to say that farmers were demanding loan waiver, as they are not criminals that they should need a "waiver", Aditya said, adding "farmers are fighting for "freedom from debt".

The ABKS was part of the steering committee of farmers' outfits that started unprecedented strikes past year. However, the Mumbai Police has announced that there will be no road closure or diversion on account of the Long Morcha.

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The farmers, who had camped at the KJ Somaiya Ground in Sion, will start to move towards the Azad maidat midnight, from where they will proceed to the state assembly tomorrow morning. Among other things, the farmers are demanding a complete waiver of loans, implementation of M.S. Swaminathan Commission recommendations (which ensures fair remuneration), waiver of power bills and transfer of forest lands. Moreover, one round of farmers' protests had already taken place in June a year ago, culminating in the announcement of a loan waiver, and with recent figures indicating an 8.3 per cent drop in the agriculture sector, the fresh protests are likely to put the BJP in a further bind.

President of Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha, Ashok Dhavale was quoted in media reports as saying: "Farmers have been betrayed by the BJP-led government".

Farmers march under the banner of by All India Kisan Sabha, in Mumbai on March 11, 2018.

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"Thousands of protesters from Kunbi Sena and Shetkari Kamgar Party will join us on Monday", Gujar said. I have not come here as the representative of the state government.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had appealed to farmers not to hold up traffic and cause problems for Class 10 students.

These farmers will seek answer from the government for non- implementation of the demands that were promised by the government, said Ajit Nawale, state general secretary of AIKS. This time, the ABKS has chose to take on the government on its own. The farmers also want pension from the State Government.

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"The government should give us ownership of land because it's our right as tribal people", he said. "I only read about the protests in the newspapers", he said.

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