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Urban Maoists misguiding protesting farmers: Mahajan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Mumbai 

BJP Mahajan today said farmers and tribals protesting in were being misguided by "urban Maoists". The remarks drew flak from the CPI(M), NCP and AAP, whose leaders targeted the BJP for the "insensitive" remarks. The from North Central said it was the responsibility of the BJP-led government to sit with the protesters, who were being "captured" by Maoists, to solve their problems. "Sadly, tribals have been captured by the Maoists and their centre is in Pune. The government can do a lot for them, but the (Maoists') ideology is stopping them. "We have seen urban Maoists in many cities of They go to districts which are called Maoists affected areas," Mahajan told reporters outside Parliament. "Maoists are misguiding them (the farmers). It is the responsibility of the government to sit with the farmers and sort out the problem," she said as Mumbai's turned into a sea of red this morning with thousands of farmers carrying red flags converging after walking around 180 km from neighbouring district for six days. The farmers, who banded together under the Left-affiliated All Kisan Sabha (AIKS), reached last afternoon and called off their protest this evening after the BJP-led government in accepted their demands. The main demand on the farmers' list includes an unconditional loan waiver and transfer of forest land to tribal farmers who have been tilling it for years. Hitting out at Mahajan, CPI(M) leader M B Rajesh said, "The Kisan Sabha is leading the rally. One can see the posters, banners and flags.

I am scared the BJP may also call them anti-nationals." also lambasted Mahajan over the remarks, asking the BJP not to belittle the farmers. "The blood which comes out of the foot after a thorn is embedded is not Maoist just because it is red. There is no attached to the toil and sweat of farmers. This was a morcha of those who toil hard. I condemn those who call people struggling for their just demands as Maoists," Sule tweeted. tweeted: "What arrogance! Mahajan dismisses protesting farmers as Maoists.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 00:35 IST