As the entire farmers’ contingency is camping at the Azad Maidan very early on Monday, the SSLC examination of the students did not affect. Around one lakh students could reach their examination centers without any hassle. On Sunday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in his appeal said that the examination should not be interfered due to the farmer's rally.
The organizers had promised a peaceful protest and said that people of Mumbai will not be inconvenienced. "We started with 25,000 and today our strength touched the 50,000 mark. It will swell further tomorrow, but it will not disturb the city. We will begin our rally after 11 am so that students appearing for their Class 10 board exam don't face any difficulties,"
It is said the number of farmers has now gone up to 50,000. The farmers who had camped at the KJ Somaiya Ground in Sion on Sunday began moving towards the Azad Maidan during the midnight. All of them camped at Azad Maidan by early morning. The Maharashtra Assembly building is just two kilometers away from the Azad Maidan. Around one lakh students are writing Board Exam on Monday.
The red march till now did not affect the traffic in Mumbai on Sunday. As the students have gone to examination action without any hassle, now the farmers will start moving towards the Assembly building, which is two kilometers away, for the gherao.
Mumbai, usually an epicenter of trade union activities in the early 60s is slowly turning into a farmer’s hub with thousands of agricultural labourers entering the city giving many headaches for authorities controlling the law and order.They walked almost 200 km for last five days from Nashik district to reach the Thane-Mumbai border on Sunday before heading for the KJ Somaiya Ground in Sion. The gherao is to press their demands for complete loan waiver and transfer of Tribal land to farmers who have been demanding it for years. The tribals, who have joined the movement in huge numbers, say it is a matter of life and death.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan today assured a delegation of farmers that he would take their demands to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. On Sunday, Fadnavis said that he will talk with farmers. "We have set up a committee of ministers to hold discussions on their demands. I have invited them (farmer leaders) for talks," he said. The farmers began their arduous march on Tuesday evening from Nashik Their numbers swelled along the way. They survived on sparse meals, made brief halts and slept under the open sky. So far, no law and order problem is reported but it is to be seen whether the government will allow them to reach near the Vidhan Sabha.