Maharashtra farmers protest march HIGHLIGHTS: Leaders call off movement after assurance by govt

Updated on Nov 22, 2018 10:19 PM IST

A farmers’ delegation met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis after more than 10,000 of them marched from Thane to Mumbai in support of their demands, which includes loan waiver and land ownership. The farmers from across Maharashtra, under the aegis of Lok Sangharsh Morcha , began their march on Wednesday from Thane and walked 40 kms to Mumbai.Farmers, who are struggling to cope with the agrarian crisis and natural calamities, are demanding a proper implementation of the loan waiver package announced by Fadnavis in 2017, implementation of recommendations of the MS Swaminathan Commission, land rights for farmers and also compensation for farm labourers. Here are the highlights:

protesting farmer during a march at Lalbaug byculla flyover in Mumbai.(Bhushan Koyande/HT photo)
protesting farmer during a march at Lalbaug byculla flyover in Mumbai.(Bhushan Koyande/HT photo)
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8:45 pm IST

Visuals from Azad Maidan

8:00 pm IST

Protest called off

Lok Sangarsh Morcha calls off farmers’ protest after written assurances on their demands from the Maharashtra government.

6:15 pm IST

Minutes of meeting to be handed to delegation

Minutes of the meeting will be handed over to the delegation by chief secretary of Maharashtra.

6:00 pm IST

Protest to be withdrawn after written assurance

Protest to be withdrawn after written assurance from the government,say farmer leaders.

5:00 pm IST

Two protesters in hospital

Two protestors have been admitted to St. George Hospital. While one suffered cardiac arrest, the other fainted during the rally.

4:05 pm IST

State govt’s assurance

State government assures the delegation that they will clear pending forest right titles in three months.

03: 40 pm IST

Delegation meets CM Fadnavis

A delegation of protesting farmers met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to reiterate demands for loan waiver and land rights among others.

02:45 pm IST

Political support for farmers

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam and NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad express support to the farmers and tribal agitation

02: 09 pm IST

Minister arrives at Azad Maidan to meet protesters

Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan arrives at Azad Maidan to meet protesters. The protesters are demanding proper implementation of the loan waiver package announced by Fadnavis in 2017.

1:55 pm IST

100-year-old protester walks from Thane

Among the protesters is Jilabai from Nandurbar district, who says she is 100-years-old. She walked with the protestors from Thane to Azad Maidan. She was called on the stage where she sang a song criticising the government and raised slogans

Jijabhai from Nandurbar district, who says she is 100-years-old. ( HT photo )
11:20 am IST

Farmers reach Azad Maidan after 13-hour walk

Protesting farmers have reached Azad Maidan after walking 13 hours over two days from Thane to Mumbai.

11: am IST

Protesters at CST

Protesters reach Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station

10:36 am IST

Delegation to meet CM Fadnavis

A thirty-member delegation of farmers-tribals will be meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to put forth their demands.

10:31 am IST

AAP supporters join farmers march

Apart from farmers, Aam Aadmi Party supporters and some Mumbai based social groups are participating in the march.

10: 22 am IST

Farmers reach JJ flyover

The protesting farmers have reached the J J flyover .

10:20 am IST

Farmers begin march from Sion

The protesting farmers began their march from Sion at 5:10 am for a 20km walk to Azad Maidan.

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