Mumbai: Leaders of the three ruling political parties in Maharashtra are expected to attend a public rally by state farmers at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Monday.
The public rally will then proceed towards Raj Bhavan. For two days, farmers have been travelling more than 200 kilometres, protesting the controversial agricultural laws of farmers and staging protests on Delhi’s borders for almost two months.
The three ruling parties, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, all Left parties and Aam Aadmi Party have announced their support to the protest.
Prominent leaders including NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray and state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat are likely to sit in the Azad Maidan.
The protest march is part of a movement under the banner of the Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM), which aims to intensify the peasants’ struggle in the capital cities in all states.
It is not clear whether the police will allow the farmers to march till the Raj Bhavan for security reasons; There are indications that the rally will be allowed only up to the metro cinema.
Meanwhile, police have beefed up security at Azad Maidan.
“We will deploy another 100 officers and 500 police constables to maintain the law and order situation. Nine platoons of state reserve police force have been provided and drones will keep a watch,” said Mumbai spokesperson and deputy commissioner of police S Chaitanya.