Maha Farmers Strike After Failed Talks With CM on Loan Waiver
In a display of solidarity, a section of farmers took to the highways in Ahmednagar, spilling milk on the roads.
Following Tamil Nadu, farmers from Maharashtra have gone on an indefinite strike, after talks with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the waiver of loans failed on Tuesday. The farmers have decided to stop supply of milk, fruits, poultry and vegetables to neighbouring cities, in a push to meet their various demands.
In a display of solidarity with the strike, a section of the farmers took to the highways in Ahmednagar, spilling milk on the roads.
Farmers near Shirdi too, spilt milk from tankers as an expression of their protest against the state government.
According to an NDTV report, the farmers want a complete waiver of the loans, free electricity, grants for irrigation and a higher price for milk, among other demands.
An India Today report says that the farmers have decided to split their protests into two stages. In the first stage, which will take place from 1 June to 7 June, the farmers will not sell their produce until the farm loans are waived. Depending on the response to the protests, they will intensify their demands in the second phase.
On Wednesday, state Agriculture Minister expressed his confidence that farmers will not take part in the strike as that would result in losses for them. He said:
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will have a ‘plan B’ ready to face any situation if farmers stop sending vegetables and milk to Mumbai.
With farmers deciding to go on a strike, cities like Pune and Mumbai are expected to go through difficulties in meeting their daily needs. Farmers from Nashik have decided not to send their produce to the markets of neighbouring state Gujarat, said a Times of India report.
(With inputs from PTI and ANI)
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