Maharashtra farmers march Live Updates: Mumbai police issues advisory, thousands of protesters hit streets

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New Delhi | Updated:Nov 22, 2018 1:43:41 pm

Maharashtra farmers protest march Live Updates: The protesters, who are taking part in the march are mostly from Thane, Bhusawal and Marathwada regions, according to report.

Maharashtra farmers protest march Live UpdatesMaharashtra farmers protest march Live Updates: Protesters will hold a demonstration near the state Assembly- ‘Vidhan Bhawan’, where the session is underway

Maharashtra farmers protest march Live Updates: Maharashtra is witnessing farmers protest once again as thousands of farmers and tribals have been taking part in a two-day march from Thane to Mumbai. Prominent figure like Magsaysay award winner Dr Rajendra Singh, also known as Waterman of India, is taking part in the protest march. Protesters have reached the iconic Azad Maidan in south Mumbai early Thursday morning. Protesters will hold a demonstration near the state Assembly- ‘Vidhan Bhawan’, where the session is underway, according to a leader.

The protesters, who are taking part in the march are mostly from Thane, Bhusawal and Marathwada regions, according to report. Meanwhile, a political slugfest has erupted over issues pertaining to the agrarian society. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-talked about demonetisation had “destroyed” the lives of farmers. Gandhi has also accused PM Modi of making “fun” of plight of farmers during his poll campaigns. Taking to Twitter, he cited a media report that claimed the agriculture ministry has admitted that demonetisation has hit the farmers hard.

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    13:43 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Amitabh Bachchan extends helping hands

    In a noble initiative, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has helped farmers of Uttar Pradesh by paying off their loans. The 76-year-old actor paid off loans of 1398 farmers from the state, that amounted to over Rs 4.05 crore. He shared the news in his blog where he wrote, "Gratitude leans across to the desire of removing some of the burdens that farmers continue to suffer from... It was Maharashtra first, when over 350 farmers loans were taken care of... now its UP and 1398 of them that had out standings of loans on banks has been done with an outlay of 4.05 crore... and the inner peace it generates when the desired is completed."

    13:42 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: SC on farmers' plight

    The Supreme Court has asked the Central government to provide to an NGO the information about the steps taken to ameliorate the plight of farmers to effectively deal with rural indebtedness and other problems which lead them to commit suicide. The apex court, on July 6, 2017, had granted six months to the Centre for showing positive results of its several welfare schemes like 'Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana' (PMFBY), crop loans and Kisan Credit Card (KCC) which were launched to deal with the difficulties faced by farmers across the country.

    13:41 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Agitation in Karnataka

    Pushed by the agitation by sugarcane farmers, Karnataka Congress' farmers wing has written to party leaders who own sugar factories to clear the ryots' dues. Farmers in Belagavi and other northern districts have been protesting for the last few days demanding clearance of their pending arrears by sugar factories for the cane suppliedand announcement of purchase price for sugarcane for thecurrent season as had been done in neighbouring Maharashtra. Hundreds of farmers from across the state Monday staged a protest here on a host of issues andset a fortnight long deadline for the government to fulfil their demands, including complete loan waiver. Farmers' have given the government a memorandum containing about 40 demands, and have expressed hope that the Chief Minister and his cabinet would look in to it and take an appropriate decision.

    12:28 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Delegation to meet CM Devendra Fadnavis

    Delegation of thousands of protesters, who have travelled all the way from Thane, Bhusawal and Marathwada regions to take part in the march, will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after 1.30 pm, according to reports.

    11:50 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Rahul Gandhi takes on PM Modi

    There were reports from the Agriculture Ministry that lakhs of farmers were unable to buy seeds and fertilizers because of demonetization, according to IANS report. Latching onto the report Congress President Rahul Gandhi flayed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating, "Note-ban destroyed the lives of crores of farmers. Now they don't have money to buy seeds and fertilizers," Gandhi tweeted in Hindi tagging a news report that said the Union Agriculture Ministry in a report to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, noted that "millions of farmers were unable to buy seeds and fertilizers for their crops because of demonetization." "But even today Modi makes fun of farmers' misfortune. Now his own Agriculture Ministry is saying that note-ban broke the farmers' back," Gandhi said.

    11:01 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Sea of protesting farmers hit streets

    Thousands of protesters were seen march on the streets of Mumbai to press for their demand.

    10:58 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Congress cheated farmers, says PM Modi

    Hitting back at Congress over its persistent attack on farmers' issues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has slammed the Congress governments for repeatedly "cheating farmers" by making "fake promises" on their loan waiver schemes and transferring the money to their cronies who were not eligible for the benefit. "The Congress keeps talking about farmers. What has it done for them? In Karnataka, it formed a government by making fake promises to farmers. But now it's asking them to pay up or face imprisonment. When farmers turned up at their doors, they shooed them away calling them goons," Modi said in his public address at Jhabua.

    09:22 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: State govt's big move

    In November last year, the state government headed by BJP Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a farm loan waiver, terming it the "biggest loan waiver in Maharashtra's history". In February, state Governor Vidyasagar Rao told the state legislature that the government has transferred over Rs 12,000 crore into bank accounts of 31 lakh farmers.

    09:18 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: heavy traffic jam expected

    "Commuters starting journey from South Mumbai using JJ flyover, Lalbagh flyover and Parel flyover towards Dadar are advised to avoid & use Slip Roads till 10 AM. Farmer’s agitation scheduled today. Regular Traffic movement on Dr BA Road towards CST and on these flyovers," says Mumbai Police.

    09:14 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Check latest visual

    Lok Sangharsh Morcha that comprises of tribals and farmers across the state reaches Dadar. The Morcha that has begun from Kalyan yesterday is marching towards Azad Maidan in Mumbai. The farmers are demanding loan waiver and drought compensation among others.

    09:12 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Recent agrarian agitations

    In March Mumbai's Azad Maidan turned into a sea of red this morning as thousands of farmers, carrying red flags, converged here after walking around 180 kms under blazing sun over the six days. The Shiv Sena threw its weight behind the thousands of farmers who marched from Nashik to Mumbai to highlight their problems and said the party would back them regardless of their red flags. In June, several farmers' organisations have jointly called the 10-day protest, which started on June 1, across 22 states in the country demanding remunerative prices for their produce, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and farm loan waivers etc.

    Thousands of farmers marched towards Delhi over demands ranging from farm loan waiver to cut in fuel prices, blocking traffic movement on arterial roads leading to the national capital. The farmers entered the national capital riding their tractors and trolleys and proceeded towards Kisan Ghat where heavy police deployment was made.

    08:11 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Thousands reach Azad Maidan

    Thousands of protesting farmers from Thane, Bhusawal and Marathwada regions have reached Azad Maidan in Mumbai. Last night they halted at the Somaiyya Ground in Mumbai's Sion area where they will halt for the night. From Azad Maidan, protesters will launch a protest march and they will try to hold a demonstration near Vidhan Bhawan, where the state legislature session is underway, a leader of the march said.

    07:55 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Check Mumbai traffic updates

    "Traffic in the vicinity of Azad Maidan will be marginally affected around 9 AM - 10 AM. Commuters starting journey from South Mumbai using JJ flyover, Lalbagh flyover and Parel flyover towards Dadar are advised to avoid & use Slip Roads till 10 AM. Farmer’s agitation scheduled today. Regular Traffic movement on Dr BA Road towards CST and on these flyovers," Mumbai Police posted on Twitter

    07:50 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: "Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi have ever sown wheat?"

    Rahul Gandhi had asked if absconders like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, who have allegedly committed bank frauds, have ever sown wheat. "Have you seen Mallya, Mehul bhai and Nirav Modi sow wheat. Modiji, don't insult the farmers. You first indulged in a scam by collecting farmers money by noteban and handed it over to your suit-boot friends. Now you are saying that farmers' money was black money. India will not tolerate this insult of farmers," Gandhi had tweeted in Hindi on Saturday.

    07:45 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: Rahul Gandhi takes swipe at PM Modi

    'Noteban has destroyed the lives of farmers. Now they do not even have enough money to buy seeds and fertilizer,' Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi. 'But, Modi ji is making fun of our farmers' plight. Now his Agriculture Ministry has also said that farmers were badly affected due to demonetisation decision,' he said on Twitter referring to PM Modi's campaigns in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

    07:39 (IST)22 Nov 2018
    Maharashtra farmers protest march: A list of demands

    Farmers in Maharashtra protested over a few issues. The farmers are demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, which suggested that farmers must have assured access and control over resources such as land and water. They are also demanding an increase in the Minimum Support Price and a judicial system to ensure its implementation. The farmers, struggling to cope with the agrarian crisis, are demanding proper implementation of the loan waiver package announced by the BJP-led government in the state last year, land rights for farmers and compensation for farm labourers. "We have been consistently asking the state government to fulfil our long-standing demands but the response has been lukewarm. We are forced to launch this agitation," said Pratibha Shinde, general secretary of Lok Sangharsh Morcha, which is organising the protest. "We are taking maximum care to ensure that Mumbai citizens are not inconvenienced," Shinde said.

      Similar protests were held in March when thousands of farmers, led by the Left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha, took out a 180 km long march from Nashik to Mumbai to press for their demands. That protest saw a sea of red, formed by farmers in red caps, converge in Mumbai from across Maharashtra. In June, a few farmers' organisations have jointly called the 10-day protest. The protest started on June 1, across 22 states in the country. Their demand was remunerative prices for their produce, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and farm loan waivers etc.
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