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Sena extends support to farmers' march against BJP government

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The has extended support to the farmers' 'long march' currently underway against the BJP government, organisers said today.

of the All India Kisan Sabha, which has organised the march, told that senior Sena leader and PWD Minister met protesting long march leaders when it entered neighbouring earlier today.

The march, which commenced from on March 6, will culminate here on Monday and protestors plan to gherao the Vidhan Bhavan where the Budget session of the state legislature is underway, said organisers.

Nawale said, "Shinde welcomed the protestors in district and extended support to the demands of the farmers. He said he was conveying the message of Sena Uddhav Thackeray. Similarly, Abhijit Jadhav, an emissary of Raj Thackeray, also met us and got me in touch with the MNS chief over phone. The MNS too has extended support to our demands."

The march has been organised to protest the failures of the state BJP government on the farm front, including issues like farm loan waivers, remunerative prices for produce, non-implementation of the recommendations of the as well as the Forest Rights Act, he said.

Protesting farmers have demanded a change in the plan to link rivers in Nashik, and to ensure that tribal lands are not submerged and water from the scheme be made available to these areas as well as other drought-prone districts, organisers said.

They said that farmers were also protesting against the state government's land acquisition for projects like high speed rail and super highways.

"We are demanding an increase in pension schemes for poor peasants and farm workers, compensation for losses due to bollworm and pest attacks and rehauling of the public distribution system," he said.

Police said that traffic diversions and alternate routes had been set in place for motorists on the Eastern Express Highway through which the march will enter the city tomorrow morning.

The march will be attended by AIKS national Ashok Dawale, CPM MLA J P Gavit, state and among others.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 18:20 IST