Mumbai: With flags and banners, shouting slogans to repeal ‘anti-farmer’ laws, thousands of farmers from 21 districts of Maharashtra gathered at Nashik on Saturday in solidarity with agitating farmers at Delhi, to march the 180 kilometres distance to state capital Mumbai, where they will hold a massive rally on Monday at the city’s iconic Azad Maidan.
NCP chief and member of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government, Sharad Pawar, is also expected to attend this massive farmers’ rally. To note, less than two weeks ago Pawar had warned Centre of “consequences” if they fail to understand farmers’ sentiments, particularly of those who have braved winter chills to remain camped out around Delhi since November.
The farmers, who are drawn from several smaller unions and have gathered themselves under the banner of the All India Kisan Sabha, were seen waving flags and carrying banners while swarming through the roads of the Kasara Ghat region between the two cities. The protesting farmers’ are expected to reach Mumbai in a few hours.
Meanwhile, farmers’ are likely to take out a tractor rally along the Ring Road (which encircles the city),for which they have already sought permission from Delhi Police.
On Saturday, farmers claimed they had received permission, however, this was swiftly contradicted by the police; Commissioner SN Shrivastava, who told media that the cops had yet to get written details of the route. The decision is expected to be given by Sunday evening.