QMumbai: Farmers Call off March After Govt Steps In & More

1. Farmers Call off 200-KM March After Govt Steps In

30,000 farmers march to Mumbai. (Photo: Facebook)

Around 50,000 farmers had set out on the second phase of Kisan Long March from Nashik; protest called off on Day 1 after five-hour meeting with ministers over their demands.

Around 50,000 farmers, who kicked off a 200-km march from Nashik to Mumbai on Thursday to protest against what they called a “betrayal” by the BJP governments in the state and the Centre, called off their agitation at night after the state promised to meet all their demands.

The farmers, who had gathered under the aegis of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and the CPI(M), had set out on the second phase of the Kisan Long March after initial talks with the state government on Wednesday failed.

The rally was set to end in Mumbai on February 27, coinciding with the budget session of the state Assembly.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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2. State Govt Readies Its Own Rs 6,000 a Year Farmer Dole

In election year, state decides not to antagonise those not covered by Modi government’s yearly grant.

This is the season of sops. The Maharashtra government has decided to dig deep into its coffers to offer an annual dole to over 700,000 farmers not qualified for the Union government’s Rs 6,000-a-year assistance.

The state government, Mumbai Mirror has learnt, will set aside Rs 4,500 crore for this in its interim budget to be presented on February 27. Along with Rs 22,000 crore the government has already spent on farm loan waivers, this marks an eyepopping outlay of Rs 26,500 crore to mitigate farm distress.

Souce: Mumbai Mirror

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3. IED Found on State Transport Bus in Raigad

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Incident in Apta village comes hours after low-intensity blast in Kashimira.

Hours after a low-intensity blast occurred near a mall in Kashimira on the busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, an improvised explosive device (IED) was found on a state transport bus in Raigad district on Wednesday. The IED was defused by the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) of Maharashtra Police late in the night on Wednesday.

After these two incidents, the Maharashtra Police and other security agencies are on their toes. The cops have issued a high alert in the area and overall security has been has been tightened in the state, said police. The cops have also asked the people not to fall prey to rumours.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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4. Congress President Rahul Gandhi to Address Rally in Mumbai's MMRDA Grounds on March 1

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at Parliament house in New Delhi on Thursday. 

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address his first campaign rally in the state on March 1. The Mumbai Congress has booked the MMRDA grounds for Gandhi's Mumbai rally.

"We have booked the MMRDA grounds for March 1. On Friday, state chief Ashok Chavan and I are visiting the site," Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam said.

Though Mumbai Regional Congress Committee wants the Mumbai rally to be held in the evening after Gandhi’s Dhule rally in the afternoon, party's Delhi leadership is insisting to hold the rally in morning. The Dhule rally is expected to end by 5pm, though it is not clear if the Mumbai rally will be before it or in the evening.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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5. Quota Talks, This Time for Dhangars

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray called on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at his residence on Thursday to press for of the Dhangar community.

Fadnavis assured Uddhav and members of the community that he would seek the opinion of the state’s advocategeneral in the matter and then send in a request to the Centre.

“We have received a report (on the feasibility of reservation for the community) from TISS. I have asked the AG to give his opinion. We will send our recommendations for reservation to the Centre before the code of conduct for elections comes into effect. I will keep my promise and give reservation to the community on time,” Fadnavis told the delegation.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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