Farmers’ agitation against the three Farm Bills is on a rise at the Delhi border. A huge amount of politics is also revolving around this protest. Amid the on-going protests around Delhi, farmers of Maharashtra have also emerged out in support of the agitating farmers.
Under the leadership of All India Kisan Sabha, thousands of farmers have arrived in Mumbai by foot from Nashik. This large rally of farmers gathered at the Azad Maidan will be addressed by the Congress leaders including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray along with State Congress President and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat. It is believed that through this, the three ruling parties are trying to strengthen their political base in the rural areas of the state.
The national spokesperson of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Ashok Dhawale, said that this rally had been called to support the on-going protest against the three Farm Bills. He informed that a ‘Kisan Sabha’ will be held at the Azad Maidan in which leaders of the Mahavikas Aghadi will also participate. Further, on January 25, a delegation of farmers will arrive at the Raj Bhavan for submission of their memorandum to State Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Furthermore, the delegation will hoist the flag at Azad Maidan on the occasion of Republic Day.
State police officials informed that, in the view of this rally, special preparations for the security of Azad Maidan and its surrounding areas in South Mumbai have been made and deployment of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) personnel, along with the use of drones will be done.
The Maharashtra branch of AIKS issued a statement informing that about 15,000 farmers from Nashik have left for Mumbai on Saturday. The state government’s ally, INC, has already supported this rally.