Eight months after they were promised reforms by the BJP government in Maharashtra, a delegation of protesting farmers met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday to reiterate their demands.
The march, involving over 7,000 farmers led by the Lok Sangharsh Morcha, began on Wednesday, and the farmers have threatened to sit it out on the Azad Maidan grounds till their demands are met.
Farmers: We won't budge till demands are met
"We have been consistently asking the state government to fulfil our long-standing demands, but the response has been lukewarm...We will not leave Azad Maidan until our demands are met. We will decide our further course of action after meeting the chief minister," said Pratibha Shinde, general secretary of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha.
What the demands of the protesting farmers are
The demands of the farmers include the implementation of the Swaminathan Committee's Report, pending claims under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), complete farm loan waivers, setting up of a judicial system to implement minimum support price, and drought compensation.
Notably, this is the second time in eight months that farmers have marched to Mumbai to demand their rights.