"We the farmers in Maharashtra are struggling hard to cope with the agrarian crisis and natural calamities".
Except the ruling BJP, all other major political parties - Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena, RPI, Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh and MNS - have lent their support to the protest.
Fadnavis said the government was not a mere silent observer but had made proper arrangement for traffic movement and also deployed medical vans on the route of march.
The members of the committee include Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Tribal Affairs Minister Vishnu Sawara, Public Health and Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan, Cooperatives and Marketing Minister Subash Deshmukh, Agriculture Minister Pandurang Pundkar and Public Works Minister Eknath Shinde. If they try any tricks on us, we will start a hunger strike here at Azad Maidan. The marchers reached Shahapur, the largest taluka in Thane district around 7 p.m. on Thursday before resuming their march on Friday morning to reach Vasind by noon - where a team of farmers that was moving ahead ensured that lunch was ready for everyone. However, the farmers refused.
However, Kisan Sabha leader Ajit Navale said that the protest will not be withdrawn.
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Government officials and the police are already in talks with the protesters to avoid chaos on Monday.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said that he will discuss the grievances of the farmers with a group of ministers and the representatives of the farmers.
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and Congress state president Ashok Chavan declared their support to the protest. Raj was supposed to address the farmers on Sunday evening, but his nephew and Sena youth leader Aaditya Thackeray outsmarted him and walked with the farmers at Vikhroli. Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh and RPI workers participated in the protest and welcomed the agitators at various places in Mumbai on Sunday. They should get their rightful due.
In his Union budget speech in February, finance minister Arun Jaitley announced a remuneration price 1.5 times higher than MSP.
The ABKS was part of the steering committee of farmers' outfits that started unprecedented strikes previous year. The agitating farmers have been walking virtually barefoot for the past seven days. Besides, they are pressing for unconditional loan waiver and return of forest land. "We have rights on the forest land but the government is not transferring it on our names".