The march began from CBS Chowk at Nashik on March 6th at 4.30pm where thousands of farmers participated all over the state. The march stopped near the Valdevi river on March 7 where it will proceed to Igatpuri which is part of the Nashik district.
This march is bound to continue till Mumbai, on March 12 and this will proceed straight fo the state assembly. The betraying of failed promises from the BJP to the livelihoods of farmers has struck this march and strike. Many pending issues such as the Swaminathan Commission and the implementation of the Forest Rights Act have not been delivered yet.
The participants will include farmers and even peasant women who are tired of hearing words and actions not being delivered. The entire stretch of 200 KM will hold red flags, red banners and red placards.
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The leader of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) Dr. Ashok Dhawale, Vijoo Krishnan, J P Gavit, MLA, Kisan Gujar, Dr Ajit Nawale and other state office bearers will be at the forefront of the march
“Farmers have been betrayed by the BJP-led government. They in large numbers are marching towards Mumbai to press their demands. We will not break our gherao in Mumbai unless our demands are fulfilled,” said Ashok Dhavale, President of Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha.
Last year such protests were very common with 11-day farmer’s strike which affected the agriculture market in June of 2017. The government still did not learn its lesson when in August 2017 two lakh farmers blocked the highways.
Dhavale also highlighted about how certain acts such as the Forest Right Act has been passed way back in 2008 in the parliament but still not been implemented properly.
Loan waiver is one of the highlights of the issues that need to be solved for farmer’s as their hard work is not paying off.