Kisan March: Fadnavis Govt Accepts Demands

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Mumbai: The protest in Mumbai has been called off after the farmers reached an agreement with the Devendra Fadnavis government. The government has agreed to give a written draft of the solutions to their concerns within the next two months.

A 12-member delegation of the protesting farmers had met a six-member government committee, even as a statement by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis angered the farmers further.

“We are very happy. Our demands have been met. We will be getting back our land which is like mother to us”: Suresh Jairam, Nashik Farmer who was participating in farmers’ protest.

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Making a statement on the floor of the Assembly, Fadnavis said 95% of those camping at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan are tribals and “technically” not farmers. Farmer leaders have called the statement a lie, accusing the government of trying to “discredit” the protest.

In what may snowball into another controversy, BJP MP Poonam Majahan called the protesting farmers “urban Maoists”. Hitting back, Left leader MB Rajesh advised her to “read the newspapers”.

The farmers, who have banded together under the Left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), reached Mumbai yesterday afternoon after a gruelling 180km journey for six days from Nashik.