Protest March reaches Azad Maidan, to proceed to state assembly later

New Delhi, March 12: All India Kisan Sabha's protest march, demanding a complete loan waiver among other demands, has now arrived at Azad Maidan in Mumbai and will proceed to state assembly later in the day.
'There will be no road closure or diversions due to Farmers' Morcha now,' said Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday came out in support of the farmers who have reached in Mumbai after undertaking a 'Long March' to Mumbai from Nashik to press their various demands including full loan waiver.
    
"This government is incapable of doing anything," the MNS chief said, addressing thousands of farmers.
    
"I have come to greet you. You have come all the way in this heat. Give me the reins of power and I will show what can be done," the MNS chief said.
    
"Don't forget your bleeding feet. These people (the BJP-led Maharashtra government) have shown you dreams, but have not kept their word," Thackeray said.
    
"Don't fall prey to their promises. They value you only during elections. Farmer suicides haven't stopped in this state yet. Tomorrow the government will try to fob you off with some promises. But the government itself is pauper, so what can it offer you?" Thackeray said.
    
Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil also lashed out at the government and asked why it "waited so long" to understand farmers' woes.
    
"Govt has woken up so invited farmers for talks. Why didn't they show such understanding earlier. Come what may government has to fulfil all demands of farmers. All Congress legislators (are) with the farmers," the Congress leader said.

News24Bureau with Agencies