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Mumbai Farmers 'Maha-March' updates: 50,000 protesters turns country's financial capital into sea of red; CM Fadnavis to meet Kisan Sabha at 2pm

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 12 March 2018, 13:00 IST

Giant march of a farmer holding red flags and wearing a red cap, who arrived in Mumbai on Monday reached Azad Maidan. Farmers walked through the night so the students writing their board exams should not suffer.

The Maha-March leads the Mumbai road to turn into a sea of red as around 50,000 farmers marched around 180 km from Nashik to Mumbai since the last 6-days. Tribals and farmers joined the protest increasing the numbers around 20,000 last six days ago to 50,000 at present.

Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navanirman Sena, Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena, a part of the alliance ruling Maharashtra, have come out in support of the farmers.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had appealed to farmers not to hold up traffic and cause problems for students. "I have only made an appeal that they should not cause any problem to the traffic since it's an exam day and more than one lakh students will get affected," CM Fadnavis said.

The farmers troubled by fake promises by Maharashtra government plan's to stage 'gherao' protest outside Maharashtra state assembly in a demand to complete loan waiver, fair pay, implementation of M.S. Swaminathan Commission recommendations (which ensures fair remuneration), waiver of power bills and transfer of forest lands.

Here are latest updates of the farmers 'Maha-March'

12:30 (IST)

'Tired, our legs swollen, but we will complete the walk,' say farmers before reaching Azad Maidan'

Speaking to Hindustan Times, a farmer from Beed, Parshuram Gaikwad said, "We will not move from the state legislature building until our demands are met. There is no way anyone will back out after reaching so close to the destination. Yes, we are tired and our legs have swollen, but we will complete the walk.”

12:23 (IST)

AIKS takes a dig at Narendra Modi, says farmers are marching for 'acche din'

11:39 (IST)

NCP state chief Sunil Tatkare, Dhananjay Munde visit farmers at Azad Maidan

11:34 (IST)

Devendra Fadnavis to meet farmers at 2 pm

According to media reports, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is set to meet the All India Kisan Sabha delegation at 2 pm. Earlier the farmers' delegation was supposed to meet Fadnavis around noon on Monday morning. But due to the ongoing Assembly session the meeting as been deferred

11:05 (IST)

Not just issue for Maharashtra farmers, but farmers all over India, says Rahul Gandhi

ANI quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying, "This is not an issue of Maharashtra farmers alone but of farmers all over India."

09:40 (IST)

Mumbaikars extend support to farmers

Mumbai residents did their bit to help them out. According to The Times of India, the Thane Matadata Jagran Manch provided nearly 500 kgs of food grains to peasants camped at the BMC octroi ground.

09:26 (IST)

BMC installs toilets, water tankers at Azad Maidan

09:19 (IST)

Security beefed up around Maharashtra Assembly

09:14 (IST)

Sitaram Yechury calls farmers' march a 'fight for their rights'

07:59 (IST)

Traffic movement to be normal like any other day:

07:58 (IST)

'80-90% of demands will be fulfilled'

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis' representative, Giriraj Mahajan said that nearly 80 to 90 percent of the farmers' demand will be fulfilled.

07:51 (IST)

No roads closed or traffic diversion due to farmers' morcha, says Mumbai traffic police:

Speaking to ANI, Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said that there are no roads closed or diverted due to the ongoing farmers' protest in Mumbai. The protesting farmers are currently at Azad Maidan and set to head for the state Assembly today. 

First published: 12 March 2018, 12:53 IST
 
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