All India Kisan Sabha Says Maharashtra Farmers Reach Delhi Border
A group of farmers from Maharashtra on Saturday joined protesters at the borders of Delhi, an All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) leader said.
Thousands of farmers from Maharashtra left for Delhi from Nashik in vehicles on Monday to join the ongoing agitation seeking the repeal of the laws.
“We received a rousing welcome at a New Delhi border. Farmers sitting on protests here welcomed us and thanked us for joining them,” Ajit Navle, All India Kisan Sabha secretary for Maharashtra, said in a statement.
He said that farmers have expressed willingness to discuss their issues with the government, but we want removal of those clauses in the recently passed laws which do not protect the interests of farmers.
According to the Kisan Sabha, cultivators from 21 districts in Maharashtra had joined the ‘vehicle march’ to Delhi.
Enacted in September, the three farm laws have been projected by the Central government as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of Minimum Support Price and do away with the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.
The government has repeatedly asserted that the MSP and Mandi systems will stay and has accused the opposition of misleading the farmers. Multiple rounds of talks held between the government and the protesting farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have failed to break the ongoing impasse.