After covering 180 Km barefoot, more than 40,000 farmers and tribals reached Mumbai on Monday i.e on 12 March 2018. Demanding loan waiver and updated minimum support price, they gathered at Azad Maidan. The six-day ‘Kisan Long March’ was called off when the Maharashtra government agreed to the demands of the farmers.
— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) March 13, 2018
Here are some important demands of farmers which are the reason for this protest ;
1) The member of All India Kisan Sabha, the farmer’s wing of Communist Party Of India- Marxist (CPM), farmers and tribals held the march from Nashik to Mumbai.
2) The demands include an unconditional waiver of loans as well as electricity bills, implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations, an announcement of minimum support price and Pension scheme for farmers.
3) Crop failure due to poor weather conditions and sharing of water with Gujrat is also one of the concerns which the farmers want to keep at the forefront.
4) They also want the government to stop land acquisition for projects like bullet trains and superhighway.
5) The tribals, who joined the protest want their lands they have been fighting for years transferred to their names.
6) Implementation of Forest Rights Act.
7) Farmers want a compensation of Rs 40,000/ acre for crop failure due to unpredictable weather conditions.
The mammoth #FarmersMarchToMumbai is a stunning example of people’s power. The Congress party stands with the Farmers & Tribals marching to protest against the Central & State Govts. apathy.
I appeal to PM Modi and the CM to not stand on ego and to accept their just demands.
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 12, 2018
Many political parties like The Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Raj Thackeray led Navnirman Sena and Shiv Sena, have come forward to support the farmers.
The protest also received the support of thousands of people online as well as offline. Many people turned up on the streets with food and footwear for farmers.
And amongst all the chaos, the farmers showed a sweet gesture by marching at night towards the Vidhan Sabha, so that the students who have exams will not get affected by the protest.