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Over 20000 farmers of Kisan Sabha take stir to Vidhan Bhavan

Over 20000 farmers of Kisan Sabha take stir to Vidhan Bhavan

Fundkar added that he will decide how to handle the protest, and approach the farmers after discussions with the chief minister.

Almost 50,000 farmers have assembled at the Azad Maidan. He had led the farmers' strike previous year which led to the blocking of milk and vegetable supplies to the cities for few days.

They said that farmers were also protesting against the state governments land acquisition for projects like high speed rail and super highways.

The ABKS also wants farmers in the state to be given Rs 40,000 per acre as monetary assistance for crop damage because of last month's hailstorms and unseasonal rains, said media reports.

They will proceed to the state assembly later in the day.

As the march moves along, more farmers from across Maharashtra - from Marathwada, Raigad, Vidarbha and other districts - are expected to join and the numbers are likely to multiply by the time the morcha reaches Mumbai on Sunday.

# Maharashtra: Latest visuals of All India Kisan Sabha protest which has reached Mumbai's Azad Maidan.

Tens of thousands of farmers from across western India have arrived in Mumbai demanding, among other things, a waiver of farm loans and fair prices for their produce as India's agriculture sector struggles amid years of declining earnings.

Ashok Chavan, president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, said the chief minister should set aside his ego and call the Kisan Sabha leaders for a dialogue. But the bank says it doesn't know anything about it, and I should go ask the person who sent me the message.

These farmers want a complete waiver of loans and their electricity dues.

"Even when the pink bollworm destroyed my cotton crop, government officials came and conducted a panchnama, but ultimately the revenue circle that my village belongs to was excluded from the villages where farmers were given compensation".

Bending backwards, Fadnavis, rushed his emissary, Girish Mahajan, minister for water resources, to meet the farmers and dissuade them from marching to the Vidhan Sabha. They are scheduled to meet the CM at 2 pm. This time, the ABKS has made a decision to take on the government on its own.

"The state government declared a loan waiver package, but 1,753 farmers have committed suicide since then because of its poor implementation". "We are ready to discuss with the government but will not withdraw the protest".


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