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13 Mar 2018

Food, footwear, treatment, water: Mumbai's 'thank you' gifts for farmers

Goodwill gestures pour in from Mumbai for farmers

'If you ate today, thank a farmer,' the saying goes, and Mumbai followed.

Residents came together and distributed food, footwear, treatment, water and other necessities to the thousands of agitating farmers, who braved the sweltering heat, thirst, hunger and feet blisters for their demands.

As they painted the city red, Mumbaikars came out to stand in solidarity.

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Goodwill gestures pour in from Mumbai for farmers

Residents showering flowers in Mulund

Dabbawalas, Sikh groups, volunteers and individuals: All come together

Volunteers

Dabbawalas, Sikh groups, volunteers and individuals: All come together

To help the farmers, several groups distributed food and water to them, including Mumbai's famous dabbawalas, Sikh groups and others.

Locals along the Nashik-Mumbai highway kept refilling a food truck accompanying the agitators.

Muslim traders waited all night near Bhindi Bazar to provide food and water to the agitators.

While doctors treated them for free, volunteers called for footwear donations for the suffering farmers.

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Sikh groups distributing food to farmers

Politics

Railway ministry arranges special trains for farmers

Most political parties too came out in their support, including the opposition, BJP's ally Shiv Sena as well as RSS.

The Congress, NCP and the MNS, all extended their support. MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Sena's Aaditya Thackeray met them a day before.

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said special trains have been arranged for the agitating farmers.

Farmers call off agitation after government accepts demands

The farmers called off their agitation yesterday after the government gave assurance that their demands, including the transfer of forest lands under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 within six months, would be met.

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