MUMBAI: On Thursday, a leading organisation of farmer called of its ongoing protest march from Nashik to Mumbai. The organisation was protesting over agrarian concerns but ended their march after having talks with the Maharashtra government, according to reports.
The farmer’s organisation named The All India Kisan Sabha or AIKS, backed by the CPI(M) or Communist Party of India (Marxist), on Thursday suspended the 180-km march from Nashik to Mumbai. The announcement of the suspension was made following a three-and-a-half hour meeting of organisation’s representatives with state ministers Girish Mahajan and Jaykumar Rawal.
Local sources say that the farmers embarked on the march on Thursday morning, but called off the protest later.
“The meeting (held on Thursday) yielded positive results. We will suspend the march now,” AIKS president Ashok Dhawale told news agency Press Trust of India after the meeting between the two sides at Ambebahula village in Nashik.
A leading news channel reported that it is the second time in the last one year when farmers came on the road to protest regarding their concerns and demands from the governments at the centre and the state.
Farmers planted the road march on Wednesday, but it got adjourned following the state police stopped the farmers from approaching towards Nashik. The farmers in order to protest were approaching Nashik from districts like Thane, Palghar and Ahmednagar, say news sources.
In the meeting, which was organised between the All India Kisan Sabha and the Maharashtra government on Wednesday, the AIKS asked the government to assure writing regarding the demand that Mahajan agreed to. Girish Mahajan had held parleys on behalf of the Devendra Fadnavis dispensation.
AIKS president Ashok Dhawale told the reporters that the first meeting with the government was held on 17 February which was ahead of the launch of the long march.
More than 50,000 farmers from Thane, Palghar, Ahmednagar and Nashik participated in the march, AIKS president Ashok Dhawale said.