Maharashtra farmers have called off their strike after meeting state’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis late on Friday night over the issue of their loans being waived off.
The calling off strike results in resumption of milk and vegetable supply across Maharashtra.
Farmers held a 4-hour long meeting with the CM and discussed their demand including the issue of Minimum Support Price. Chief Minister assured the farmers that the state government will solve the problem of the debts till October 30.
Fadnavis has promised that the government will waive off loans of small farmers and has given October 31 deadline. The farmers were protesting with the demand of loan waiver and better procurement prices. New prices of milk will be decided by June 20.
The Chief Minister also said that the state government has accepted the farmers’ demands and will forgive the loans of only those who are not able to pay.
However, Maharashtra Farmers Union Secretary, Ajit Navle has requested all the fellow members and the farmers not to call off their strike claiming that the Chief Minister is fooling them.
“We had a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The protests were to waive off farmers loans. But in the meeting the Chief Minister not even discussed about the exact issue. He assured us that the matter will be solved by October 30. We don’t trust him,” Navle said.
Meanwhile, BJP’s ally Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray supported the strike called by farmers and said their extreme measures exhibit the failure of the ruling BJP-led government.
“The Shiv Sena wholeheartedly backs the strike called by farmers. They have been forced to hit the streets to show the government the pains they are going through,” Uddhav told reporters.
Earlier on Friday, farmers across Maharashtra continued their protest and the agitating farmers had tried to disrupt vegetable and milk supply to the metropolis.
The city residents faced hardship due to shortage of vegetables and spike in its prices due to protest. Apart from blocking sale of fruits and vegetables in the wholesale market, the farmers were also spilling milk on roads to protest.