Local reports said that the farmers, a lot of them wearing red caps and holding up flags with the sickle and hammer symbol, have covered 30km on foot every day to reach Mumbai.
"We are demanding proper implementation of the loan waiver package announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis past year and the implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission", Devraj Gavin, another farmer said.
The farmers, under the aegis of the Left-affiliated AIKS, are demanding, among other things, proper implementation of the Maharashtra government's loan waiver scheme. I have come to invite their members for talks with the Chief Minister.
Nawale said, "Shinde welcomed the protestors in Thane district and extended support to the demands of the farmers".
Meanwhile, the state government today issued an advisory to those appearing in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination cautioning them to reach their respective examination centres before time to avoid any hassles. Water resources minister and BJP leader Girish Mahajan met the leaders of the Kisan Sabha and Communist Party of Marxist and requested them to withdraw the march.
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The farmers have been covering 30 km every day since they started out from Nashik on March 6.
As one would expect, this could be a disaster for traffic control in the city.
They will spend the next few hours at the Maidan as they negotiate with the government before gheraoing the Vidhan Sabha, two kms from here, as was planned before the farmers began their gruelling long march on Tuesday. The Maharashtra government had requested the farmers to withdraw their stir, but the farmers have refused to do so. Live: Maharashtra farmers' protestKumar said, "No road closure or diversions will happen due to Farmers' Morcha now". "Most of the agitators are tribals, and their main demand is forest land rights".
"I haven't had any discussions with any of the leaders of the protest march".
Apart from the Opposition parties, the Shiv Sena, a partner in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition, has also vocally supported the agitation.
Reports say that the crowd of protesters has swelled to about 35,000.