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Hordes of protesting Maharashtra farmers numbering in thousands overwhelm Mumbai by their presence
All roads leading to Mumbai are engulfed in hues of red, as thousands of farmers have marched into the capital city from Nashik over the last six days, covering a distance of 180 km on foot.

According to the organizers of the protest their numbers have swelled up from 20,000 to around 50,000 with more and more tribals and farmers joining in the march along the way.

Significantly, the Congress and the NCP; and even Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the Shiv Sena, which are part of the ruling alliance along with the BJP in the state have come out in support of the protesting farmers.

Demanding complete lone waiver, Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce and smooth land transfer, the protesting farmers of Maharashtra plan to gherao the Maharashtra state Assembly.

The farmers are also demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, according to which the farmers must be paid MSP which is at least one-and-a-half times their cost of production.

On Sunday night, the protesting farmers who had been camping at the KJ Somaiya Ground at Sion in central Mumbai, started moving to Azad Maidan in south Mumbai. By 5 am today, all of them had reached Azad Maidan, from where they headed to the state Assembly which is just 2 km away. They will meet the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to discuss their demands. His meeting with the farmers is expected to take place around 1 pm.

Security around the Maharashtra state Assembly has been beefed up to prevent any untoward incident. Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar, on Monday said that no road would be closed due to the protest by the All India Kisan Sabha's farmers.

Secretary General of the Communist Party of India, Sitaram Yechury, is expected to address the farmers at Azad Maidan at 2 pm today.

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