Thousands of farmers traveled from Nashik to Mumbai to protest against agricultural laws, Sharad Pawar will join the rally
Maharashtra: Thousands of farmers have left from different areas of Maharashtra to participate in a rally to be held on Monday at Azad Maidan in Mumbai against the three agricultural laws of the central government. The police officer said that in view of the Kisan rally, the police has made special preparations for the security of Azad Maidan and its surrounding areas in South Mumbai and the deployment of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), along with the drone will be used .
The Maharashtra branch of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) issued a statement claiming that around 15,000 farmers from Nashik are ready to leave for Mumbai on Saturday with tampos and other vehicles. According to the statement, the rally on Monday will be addressed by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar and some prominent leaders of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA). The state unit of the ally Congress in the state government has already supported this rally.
AIKS said that farmers from different areas will gather in Nashik and will leave for Mumbai on Saturday and farmers will also join on the way. According to the statement, the farmers who have traveled to Mumbai will take a night's rest at Ghatnadevi near Igatpuri. The statement said, "This rally is being held in Delhi in support of the farmers who have been protesting for two months demanding withdrawal of agricultural laws, guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) and purchase of crops across the country." .
It is noteworthy that the pro-farmer organization United Kisan Morcha has called for protests across the country, including in front of Raj Bhavan in the states from 23 January to 26 January. Under this, around 100 organizations from Maharashtra formed the Joint Shetkari Kamgar Morcha in a meeting held in Mumbai on 12 January. According to the statement, the rally will start at Azad Maidan on January 25 at 11 am and besides Sharad Pawar, State Congress President and Maharashtra Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray will also address the rally.
The protesters will then march towards the Raj Bhavan and submit a memorandum to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. According to the statement, the protesters have decided to take the oath to hoist the tricolor at Azad Maidan on January 26 and make the struggle of farmers and workers successful.