Mumbai, June 3, 2017: The farmers strike in Maharashtra was called off early on Saturday following ‘satisfactory’ talks with the state government.
The move came after around five hours marathon negotiations between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the leaders of Kisan Kranti core committee, which ended here early today.
After the meeting, Fadnavis told media that “We are open to a farm loan waiver… We shall set up a committee for the purpose which will include farmers’ representatives and take a decision by October 31.”
Thereafter, Kisan Kranti leaders said that nearly 70 per cent of their demands have been met by the government and accordingly the ‘successful strike’ was called off immediately.
Over half of million Maharashtra farmers was on strike from last two days in support of various demands including the long-pending loan waiver package, the scrapping of Centre’s new cattle slaughter ban.
Apart from blocking the sale of fruits and vegetable sin the wholesale market, the farmers today have seen spilling milk on roads as a part of the protest.
On Thursday, stray incidents of violence were reported from some parts including Nashik, Satara and Pune where aggressive farmers emptied tankers of several tonnes of fresh milk on the highway which is being transported to the cities and destroyed stocks of fresh vegetables being taken to the markets.
In another incident near Satara, the driver of a milk tanker was roughed up by some farmers and prevented from proceeding to his destination. Stones were also pelted at some police vehicles near Nashik.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis held a three-hour-long meeting the delegation of the farmers on Tuesday, however, they were not convinced and decided to go ahead with the strike.