Maharashtra farmers’ protest: Sitaram Yechury warns of mass movement if demands not met in six months

An estimated 40,000 farmers, many of them tribals, marched from Nashik to Mumbai, covering a 180-km stretch in six days, to reach Vidhan Sabha on Monday and raise their demands.

By: Expres Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2018 11:03 am
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri along with farmers’ gathering at Azad Maidan on Monday. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)

Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday warned the BJP-led Maharashtra government of a mass movement if the demands of the farmers were not fulfilled within six months. “This time there were written agreements over the demands. The government now has six months’ time. If they do not meet the demands of the farmers, the next stage of this protest will not stay confined to farmers alone. It will be a mass movement,” the  CPI(M) general secretary said, according to news agency ANI.

An estimated 40,000 farmers, many of them tribals, marched from Nashik to Mumbai, covering a 180-km stretch in six days, to reach Vidhan Sabha on Monday and raise their demands. The state government Monday accepted most of their demands, including their right to cultivate forest land and extension of farm loan waiver to those who had borrowed money between 2001 and 2008.  “We have accepted most of their demands and have given them a written letter,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.

Taking a dig at the BJP and the NDA government,  Yechury, as quoted by ANI,  further said while the BJP wanted ‘an ‘Opposition-free India’, farmers wanted a debt-free country.  “BJP & govt want ‘Vipaksh Mukt Bharat’, our & farmers’ demand is ‘Karza Mukt Bharat. In 2016, more than one Lakh farmers had protested in Nashik over the same issue. This long march started after govt went back on their promises back then,” he said.

Earlier, addressing the farmers at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Monday, the CPI-M general secretary said, “We will continue our fight until we manage to stop farmers’ suicides. While the government is giving a waiver to corporates, it is refusing the same to farmers.” Yechury also censured Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking action against “corporates who are looting the country”.

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While accepting the farmers’ demands, the government said the issue of forest land transfer rights would be resolved within six months, and a committee would be set up with two representatives from Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha to look into problems of loan waiver.

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  1. Vijay Simha
    Mar 14, 2018 at 10:32 pm
    People like Yechury and other Communist leaders are an embarrassment for India. These people are psychological cases. The mental asylum is the best place for them. When the entire world has rejected communism these c-r-e-t-i-ns still parade around waving their red flags.
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      Siddharth Ghosh
      Mar 13, 2018 at 8:13 pm
      I want to know status of gratuity amendment Bill
      1. Srinivas Devadiga
        Mar 13, 2018 at 6:23 pm
        Is this farmers demands are justified? or this is communists dirty political move and farmers are just fooled or funded to join their mass movement in Maharashtra and if their unjustified demands met they will they move to all over India? Finally if their demands accepted then that will be dangerous to our country.
        1. Srinivas Devadiga
          Mar 13, 2018 at 6:14 pm
          Kicked out from East moved to West ?
          1. D
            Mar 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm
            Why did Govt had to wait for 6 days while these poor people walked 180 Kms at night time while the CM and his corrupt cabinet was sleeping in AC rooms with their families - if all farmer demands were acceptable CM should have visited Nashik - stopped the movement and resolved the matter instead of behaving like a saddest and incompetent thinker waiting to see how farmers are being tortured - these are signs of BJP Govt turning to become Autocratic and Dictatorial. 2019 will see a hung parliament BJP will not get majority may be NDA will get majority and PM will step down before his second term ends as allies and Advani camp will bully the PM from Top to bottom. If PM can f get around Upper House problem how will he get around Allies and BJP bullies problem internaly.
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              P G Sreenath
              Mar 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm
              Stop harping man..people like you have destroyed this nation playing politics all the time. Freebies, Minority benefits, Loan waive off's etc which are not anybodies assest to distribute so freely. It is Tax payers money. Who is this yechury to demand all this
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