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Last chance for govt to fulfil its promises to farmers: Sena

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Farmers have given the government a last chance to fulfil the promises made to them, the said today, dubbing their march to a "slap" on the face of the BJP-led dispensation.

Facing the heat from the opposition and ally Shiv Sena, the yesterday accepted the agitating farmers' demands, including their right to till forest land.

The over 35,000 farmers, who had trekked 180 km over six days from to here, subsequently called off their stir that had turned into a sea of red flags.

"Another jolt from farmers has straightened this government. It had no option other than to accept the demands of the protesters," the Sena said in an editorial in its party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

Those in the government sitting idle over the issue of farmers' stir suddenly became sensitive to their demands, and those who could not hear the anger of farmers till now became positive to their demands, the Sena said, taunting the the

"The effect of the farmers agitation was so strong that the government had to give in writing that all their demands would be fulfilled. The government will forever remember the slap on its face by farmers, and nobody in future will try to spoil the lives of labourers," it said.

Lashing out at the government, the Sena said those who came to power using the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji, had merely made announcements in the past three-and-a-half years and forced people to walk for hundreds of kilometres to demand justice.

"This is the last chance given by farmers to this government. It has to fulfil the written assurances given to farmers," the Sena, an ally of the ruling BJP in and at the Centre, said.

The farmers walked from to under the banner of the Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha (AIKS) of the CPI(M) with a slew of demands, including their right to till forest land and a complete loan waiver.

Three senior state ministers - Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan and Eknath Shinde - met the farmers at the Azad Maidan in south yesterday and announced the government's decision to accept their demands.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 12:45 IST