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Farmers' protest march to Mumbai called off after talks with state government

On February 21, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) announced the suspension of the 180-km long march from Nashik to Mumbai after meeting with Maharashtra state ministers Girish Mahajan and Jaykumar Rawal

Farmers' protest march to Mumbai called off after talks with state government
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The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), backed by the CPI(M), called off the 180-km march from Nashik to Mumbai after a meeting of its representatives with Maharashtra state ministers Girish Mahajan and Jaykumar Rawal. On February 21, the protest march was suspended after the farmers had embarked on the march on Thursday morning.

The meeting was held at Ambebahula village in Nashik and the AIKS president Ashok Dhawale announced the suspension of the march as the meeting 'yielded positive results'.

This is the second time the farmers of the state had to resort to getting on the roads to make their voices heard and protest against the betrayal by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments at Centre and in the state.

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The meeting concluded after the state officials agreed to the AIKS' demand to give the assurances in writing. Mahajan had held parleys on behalf of the Devendra Fadnavis dispensation.

As per Dhawale, around 50,000 farmers from Nashik, Thane, Palghar, Ahmednagar and other districts of Maharashtra had taken part in the march.

However, the AIKS president warned that if their demands aren't met then they will get on the streets in protest once again. Meanwhile, after the protest was called off, the farmers went back to their respective villages.

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