Only a month ago, the 68-year-old farmer, who has been working on the farm since she was 16, was readying herself for a bumper tomato crop. But the extended wet weather in Maharashtra, coupled with the two-day rain in the last leg of October, has literally “poured cold water” on her dreams.
While Shinde does come across as self-effacing, he has been responsible for creating a flutter in Maharashtra’s poltical history with 35 Shiv Sena corporators and over 350 party office-bearers resigning from their posts in support of his candidacy.
As per the seat-sharing arrangement between the BJP and the Sena, all the three seats in the constituency were allocated to the BJP as the party had made a clean sweep in Nashik in the 2014 Assembly elections, when the two parties had contested separately.
Retail prices of onion have shot up to Rs 70 to Rs 80 per kg in New Delhi and other parts of the country owing to supply disruption in the wake of excess monsoon rains in major growing states, according to sources.
Pune district, which generally does not face acute water shortage like Marathwada, this summer is reeling under one of the worst dry spells. Currently, water stock in the five main dams supplying water to Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad is between 40 and 60 per cent.
The protesting farmers have reached Nashik to take part in the march, even as the police refused to grant permission to them. The 'long march' to Mumbai called by AIKS will now take place on Thursday morning.
Nashik, the main grape growing region of the state, has reported temperatures below 3 degrees Celsius. Other grape-growing regions such as Pune, Solapur and Sangli have not reported extreme temperatures.