Thousands of farmers, under the aegis of the All India Kisan Sabha’s (AIKS) Maharashtra unit, left on vehicles from Nashik to begin a statewide vehicle march to Mumbai.
On the call of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the protests in Delhi, the Maharashtra farmers have taken out the rally to intensify and broaden the struggle from January 23 to 26. More farmers are expected to join the rally in Mumbai.
According to sources, the thousands of farmers on vehicle will converge at Azad Maidan on January 24 and begin a three-day sit-in. On January 25, they will lead a massive rally to Raj Bhavan and will submit a memo to the Governor. On January 26, there will be a Republic Day flag hoisting at Azad Maidan.
AIKS national president Dr Ashok Dhawale said, “This march is being held to support and expand the historic two-month-long farmers struggle in Delhi for the repeal of the three farm laws and for a central law to guarantee a remunerative MSP and procurement all over the country.”
Sharad Pawar, others to attend
Farmer organisations, as well as leaders of all three parties in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi, including NCP national president Sharad Pawar, Congress state president and state revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat, Shiv Sena leader and state Environment and Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, and leaders of the Left and democratic parties will attend the rally. They will also address the meeting.
Dhawale said, “Our main demands are that the three anti-farmer, anti-people and pro-corporate farm laws be repealed. We want enactment of a central law guaranteeing remunerative MSP and procurement.
“We are also seeking the withdrawal the Electricity Amendment Bill, besides repeal the four Labour Codes, vest all forest, temple and pasture lands etc in the names of the tillers, and resume the implementation of the Mahatma Phule Loan Waiver Scheme for farmers, which had been suspended due to the Covid pandemic,” Dhawale said.