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Farmers' Long March: Sharad Pawar, Anna Hazare flay BJP

IANS  |  Mumbai/Ahmednagar 

Former union and social crusader on Monday strongly criticized the ruling (BJP) at the Centre and in for letting down the farmers.

Speaking to the media in and (Ahmednagar), the two senior leaders asked why over 30,000 farmers were compelled to march nearly 200 km from to for six days if the government was serious about accepting their demands.

"Why could the not depute a team to to discuss the grievances of the farmers and resolve it? Its four years since came to power, but the promises of minimum support price for farm produce has not been implemented," said.

"The farmers' demands are just and the government must take immediate steps to resolve them. It is condemnable that farmers in an agrarian economy like were forced to resort to a Long March for redressal of their demands," Hazare said.

warned that if the demands were not conceded, "the fire of the farmers' ire will spread from all over to all over India," while Hazare said "wait and see how many people come for my agitation in from March 23."

In a related development, a 12-member delegation of farmers leaders went to meet and others in the Legislature.

"If nothing fruitful emerges from the discussions, the farmers will display their strength We shall lay siege to the legislature, sit wherever we are stopped and shall launch a hunger strike," said farmers' leader

He said the farmers want a "time-bound programme and a concrete proposal on how it will be implemented" before they return to their fields.

"After the outcome of the discussions, we shall plan our next course of action, we shall only accept everything in writing, we have no faith in the speeches by Fadnavis," Navale remarked.

Meanwhile, several thousands of farmers, men, women and youth, parked themselves under the scorching sun at the historic in south Mumbai, around three km from the legislature where the budget session is currently on.

The farmers, tribals and labourers, under the banner of All Kisan Sabha, the farmers wing of the Communist Party of (M), had marched nearly 200 km since March 6 and reached late on Sunday, and to at dawn on Monday.

With swollen eyes, blistered feet, broken and torn clothes, the farmers sporting red caps and CPI(M) flags marched peacefully for nearly 150 hours to press their demands.

All political parties have supported the farmers' Long March, with coming out in favour of the peasantry, terming it as "an unprecedented show of strength" and urged Modi and Fadnavis to shed their egos and concede the farmers' legitimate demands.

Leaders of various parties individually and in groups met the farmers in Mumbai and even addressed them at as their leaders were closeted in talks with the government.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 17:06 IST
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