Kisna March reach Mumbai, Shiv Sena offers support

Farmers plan to block access to the state legislature building from Monday until their demands are met. The budget session is currently underway

On Saturday, the march resulted in heavy traffic jams on roads connecting Thane and Mumbai to Nashik, with several vehicles, including an ambulance, stuck in the snarl for hours, the Times of India reported.

Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil also lashed out at the government and asked why it "waited so long" to understand farmers woes. Over 30,000 farmers are heading to Mumbai from Nashik, demanding a complete loan waiver.

While the organisers have said they would try to reach the assembly in peaceful manner, the government is likely to stop the protest march at Azad Maidan.

Maharashtra has been seeing multiple farmer agitations, said media reports The Nationalist Congress Party, led by Sharad Pawar, has also been holding agitations against the state government.

Senior Shiv Sena leder and cabinet minister Eknath Shinde and Yuva Sena (Shiv Sena's youth wing) chief Aditya Thackeray also greeted the protesters.

A significant number of the protesting farmers are from tribal areas of Nashik, Thane and Palghar, who have joined the march with a primary demand of getting the lands that they have been cultivating for years transferred in their names under the Forest Rights Act.

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State Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan met members of the delegation on the way and invited them for talks with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday.

"The govt will look into the demands and will fulfill them. Give me a chance, whenever you will need me, I will be there for you", the MNS president had assured. The farmers are seeking a complete loan waiver among other demands.

In a letter to Modi, Tiwari, who has been working with the farmers, particularly in Vidarbha region for decades, seem to have come out in support of BJP leadership but blamed bureaucrats and administrative machinery for the crisis. The tribals have joined the protest in huge numbers.

Thackeray said the Shiv Sena stood "shoulder to shoulder" with farmers in their struggle.

As the march reached suburban Vikhroli, the phalanx of farmers - comprising both men and women - extended for nearly three kilometres. Police have made all security arrangements and issued a traffic advisory to avoid jams in the most populous city in the state. This time, the ABKS has chose to take on the government on its own. "Concerned officials are hereby instructed to ensure safety & well-being of the students, safeguarding their academic future".

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