Farmers From Across Maharashtra Will Carry Out a Vehicle March to Azad Maidan on Jan 23

Farmers From Across Maharashtra Will Carry Out a Vehicle March to Azad Maidan on Jan 23
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The Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM) said in a statement on Monday that more than 10,000 farmers, peasants, and workers will conduct a vehicle march to Mumbai on January 23. 

Farmers from across Maharashtra are expected to gather at Azad Maidan and begin their sit-in protest starting January 24. The protest will then move to Raj Bhavan on January 25 while they are expected to hoist the tricolour at Azad Maidan on January 26, Republic Day. 

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Organizations like Trade Unions Joint Action Committee (TUJAC), Struggle Committee of Mass Movements (JASS), Nation for Farmers, citizens rights group Hum Bharat Ke Log (HBKL), and all Maharashtra chapters of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) are going to be a part of this protest against the Centre’s farm laws.

The Maharashtra chapters of SSKM has reportedly conveyed its demands to the State Government. They are seeking the implementation of the Mahatma Phule Loan Waiver Scheme and the Forest Rights Act, while also asking for a repeal of the 2018 Land Acquisition Act and replace it with the 2014 Land Acquisition Act.

The SSKM had said last week that NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, CM Uddhav Thackeray, as well as cabinet ministers like Uddhav Thackeray and Balasaheb Thorat, have “assured full support to the struggle and agreed to take part in the march to the Raj Bhavan on January 25.”

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Separately, farmers across the country observed Mahila Kisan Divas on January 18. Several women, activists, farmers, as well as Mumbaikars, gathered near Veer Kotwal Gardens at 4:30 PM on Monday. As they weren’t allowed to enter the garden, the event was held outside on a footpath. Protesters demanded that female farmers should be eligible for land ownership rights on par with the men.  

Speaking at the protest, Advocate Lara Jesani, who is also a member of HBKL said, “Today’s protest is primarily being held in response to the Supreme Court’s observation during one hearing. The SC asked farmers’ organisations to send women home as if they have no agency of their own. Women constitute 50 per cent of our population and have an equal right to protest. They also constitute 75 per cent of farm labourers, yet the court thinks that women aren’t strong enough to protest. What the court has done is ridicule the agency of women and treated them as lesser citizens.”

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