Farmers' march to reach Mumbai on Monday

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The farmers, distressed by poor yields and unsupporting market prices, are demanding a complete loan waiver from the state government.

Taking a pot-shot at BJP, Siddaramaiah asked why are Maharashtra farmers angry and marching in tens of thousands to Mumbai demanding loan waiver among other things. The marchers reached Shahapur, the largest taluka in Thane district around 7 p.m. on Thursday before resuming their march on Friday morning to reach Vasind by noon - where a team of farmers that was moving ahead ensured that lunch was ready for everyone.

The Deputy Commissioner of Traffic police, Thane advised the public to take this route on March 10 as only one lane from Nashik side towards the Mumbai side of the city will be allowed on NH3 to all light vehicles.

Speaking to mid-day, state general secretary of ABKS, Ajit Nawale, said, "In the past, we have given several memorandums to the government, but nothing has been done".

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"We have been cultivating the land for a long time and as per the Forest Right Act 2008, the cultivating forest land ownership should be given to us". We want justice and without justice, we will not return back to our places.

The journey which started from CBS Chowk, Nashik on March 5 is expected to end at the Vidhan Bhavan here on March 12.

Some of the demands put up by the farmers include a complete waiver of loans and power bills, and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations.

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