Farmers from 21 Maharashtra districts to march with vehicles to Delhi against Centre's new farm laws
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Thousands of farmers from Maharashtra will undertake a vehicle march from Nashik to Delhi on Monday (December 21) to protest the contentious farm laws cleared by the Central government.

According to reports, farmers hailing from 21 districts in the state under All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) leadership will converge on Monday morning at the Golf Club Maidan in Nashik to begin their 'vehicle jatha' (march) to Delhi.

In an official statement, the AIKS said that thousands of farmers from 21 districts of Maharashtra under AIKS leadership will converge on Monday morning at the Golf Club Maidan in Nashik to begin their vehicle 'jatha' to Delhi.

The jatha to Delhi will be led by AIKS national president Dr Ashok Dhawale, J P Gavit, Kisan Gujar, Dr Ajit Nawale, Sunil Malusare and others. The public meeting beginning the jatha will be greeted by Kerala Rajya Sabha MP and AIKS Joint Secretary KK Ragesh.

According to the statement, after paying homage to the statues of Chhatrapati Shivaji, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, and holding a demonstration at a petrol pump, the jatha will move on towards Delhi.

"Repeal the three Farm Acts, Withdraw the Electricity Amendment Bill, give legal protection to MSP and ensure universal procurement at that price, strengthen food security and the public distribution system will be the main demands of this AIKS Vehicle Jatha from Maharashtra which is aimed at further strengthening the historic nationwide farmer's struggle," the AIKS said.

Intensifying their agitation against the Centre's new agri laws, farmers began their day-long 'relay' hunger strike on Monday at all sites of protest on Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws-Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

(Inputs from PTI and ANI)

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