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Maharashtra Ruling Parties Likely To Join Farmers Protest Today

BP World Bureau | Jan 25 2021 10:51:27 AM
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Three ruling parties of Maharashtra - Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Congress- are likely to join Monday’s public rally by farmers. The farmers have come from all over Maharashtra to Azad Maidan. 

The rally will proceed to Raj Bhavan to protest against the farm laws in solidarity with those protesting in Delhi. Farmers from the northern states have been protesting at Delhi borders for two months. All Left parties and Aam Aadmi Party, have announced support for the protest.

Ashok Dhawale, convenor of Samyukt Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM) said that the main demand is the repeal of these farm laws and a law guaranteeing Minimum Support Prices (MSP) across the country along with the withdrawal of the electricity amendment bill.

Key leaders of Maharashtra including NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, and state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, are likely to join the farmers at Azad Maidan.

It is not clear whether the police will allow farmers to march to Raj Bhavan due to security reasons. The rally may be stopped at Metro Cinema. Mumbai spokesperson and deputy commissioner of police S Chaitanya said that the department will deploy another 100 officers and 500 police constables to maintain the law and order situation. Nine platoons of the state reserve police force have been provided and drones will keep a watch.

Many social and political organisations are pitching in to organise farmers' food and stay.