Farmers 'crack whip' on Maharashtra government

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The farmers are expected to enter Mumbai at the Anandnagar Toll at around 10 am and will march through parts of the city till they reach Somaiyya Ground at around 9 pm.

The 180-km long foot march was started with participation of about 12,000 farmers and the number has reached to 30,000 now, which showed the intensity of discontent among farmers, Nawale said.

Finally, the Maharashtra government seems to have woken up to the plight of the farmers who are planning to gherao the state Assembly on Monday to press for their demands, including complete waiver of loans.

Thousands of farmers have arrived in Mumbai demanding implementations of Forest Right Act 2008, Dr Swaminathan commission report for fair prices and complete loan waiver among others.

The group, which includes children, women and elderly, says the government has not implemented the loan waivers it promised a year ago. I have organised meals and water for them. The farmers and their supporters say that when the country's agricultural sector is facing a massive crisis due to drought, suicides of farmers, rising debt of farmers and failure to get minimum support price (MSP), among others, the farmers deserve full waiver of loans. "We are ready to hold talks with farmers and discuss their problems".

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The police warned that citizens should brace for the traffic snarls as they could experience "some inconvenience" along the march route, especially considering that the Board exams for HSC, SSC, ICSE, and ISC are underway, TOI reported. Police have made all security arrangements and issued a traffic advisory to avoid jams in the most populous city in the state. The Maharashtra government had requested the farmers to withdraw their stir, but the farmers have refused to do so.

The protests come at a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government has been facing flak from the opposition and ally Shiv Sena for being "anti-farmer" ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly polls.

They also want tribal farmers, who mainly cultivate in forests, to be allowed to own land.

Farmers march under the banner of by All India Kisan Sabha, in Mumbai on March 11, 2018. Political parties like the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have announced their support for the farmers. "But they should withdraw the protest", said Mr Mahajan.