Thousands of farmers and tribals from all across Maharashtra reached South Mumbai’s Azad Maidan today.
The farmers are protesting against various agrarian issues plaguing the state.
The farmers are rallying under the Lok Sangharsh Morcha (LSM) banner.
The farmers are likely to meet state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis later this evening.
Several political parties, including the Janata Dal(Secular), Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiv Sena, have let their support to the protesters. This is the third mass protest by farmers to happen in Maharashtra in the span of one year.
Some of the demands of the protesters includes farm loan waivers; compensation for drought-hit lands; enhance the minimum support price for crops; transfer forest rights to tribals; and implement the Swaminathan Committee recommendations.
In the backdrop of the protest, Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh denied claims that demonetisation had harmed India’s agriculture sector.
Punjab and Karnataka are also witnessing similar farmer agitations.>