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Morcha In Mumbai In Support Of Farmers’ Agitation

Devanshi Doshi

On 16 Jan, close to 100 organisations and civil society teams got to Mumbai collectively underneath the banner of ‘Kisan Alliance Morcha’ in support of the farmers’ agitation towards the brand new farm legal guidelines in Delhi. The morcha started from Islam Gymkhana on Marine Lines and ended at Azad Maidan. Leaders like activist Medha Patkar and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana president Raju Shetti have been amongst those that addressed the gathering and voiced their support and expressed solidarity with the farmers in New Delhi.

“We want to give a clear message to the government that this fight will go on until the farm laws are taken back,” mentioned Dr Shaheryar Ansari, consultant of Students Islamic Organisation of India. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which is main the protest on the Delhi border, has given a national name to accentuate and broaden the battle from January 23 to 26. 

The speakers of the morcha were mainly protesting in support of the farmers and against the 4-member committee assigned by the Supreme Court to look into the matter. 

In Maharashtra, on January 23, hundreds of tractors and autos will begin their journey to Mumbai. On January 24, hundreds of farmers and staff will converge on the Azad Maidan in Mumbai and start their three-day sit-in. On January 25, an enormous rally might be taken to Raj Bhavan and a memo might be submitted to the governor.  On January 26, there might be a flag hoisting ceremony at Azad Maidan to watch Republic Day, reported the Indian Express. 

Its been more than 50 days since the famers’ protests began. There have been 9 inconclusive meetings since then between the farmers’ unions and the Central Government. While the farmers demand for complete repeal of the three farm laws and MSP (Minimum Support Prices) guarantee, the government is only ready to settle for some amendments in the laws. 

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