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Thousands of Indian farmers led-by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) continue their march to Mumbai protesting against Maharashtra's government.

Along with complete waiver of loans, other demands of the agitating farmers include fair pay and transfer of Adivasi land to farmers, to name a few.

Farmers under the aegis of the Left-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha are headed for Nariman Point, the city's business district housing the legislature building.

The farmers are expected to enter Mumbai at the Anandnagar Toll at around 10 am and will march through parts of the city till they reach Somaiyya Ground at around 9 pm. "The Mumbaikars are also taking care of them", Vikhe Patil said in the House.

On Friday, as the farmers reached Vasind, about 63 km from Mumbai, their numbers had swelled, and so had their discontent against the Devendra Fadnavis government. Dhawle added that I want to assure people of Mumbai that they will not face any inconvenience due to farmers protest. Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray too participated in the protest at Vikroli declaring his party's support to the cause.

Nationalist Congress party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and Congress state president Ashok Chavan declared their support to the protest.

He lauded the discipline shown by farmers and tribals during their march.

Government officials and the police are already in talks with the protesters to avoid chaos on Monday.

"We will not call off our agitation till we get written assurances from the Chief Minister that the committed to settle all our demands", Nawale said. "We will take a decision to resolve their issues in a time-bound manner", he said. "Had the government initiated the talks earlier, we would not have had to toil under the sun", he said. But late at night, they made a decision to resume the march after dinner and rest. "All help was provided, like traffic management and deployment of medical vans", he said.

"A delegation would be permitted to meet the Chief Minister, but we can not allow them to march till Vidhan Bhavan".

The committee comprises Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Agriculture Minister Pandurang Phundkar, Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh, Tribal Affairs Minister Vishnu Savra, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan and Public Works Minister Eknath Shinde. "How can the government let billionaires like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya (another fugitive) have gala time at foreign shores and farmers suffer because of increasing debts?" asked a protesting farmer. None of them have reached out to the government.

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