Members of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the farmer’s wing of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM), along with other farmer unions are holding a protest march which launched from Nashik last Tuesday. While police sources pegged the number of protesters at 15,000, the unions claims it to be nearly 50,000.
Their demands include an unconditional waiver of loans as well as electricity bills; implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations, including an announcement of minimum support price for agriculture produce; and a pension scheme for farmers. Congress, NCP, Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navanirman Sena and Shiv Sena have come out in support of the farmers.
The twitter handle @mahacpimspeak, claiming to be the official twitter handle of CPIM Maharashtra State Committee, had made the following demand. “#KisanLongMarch demands that temple lands and pasture lands be vested in the names of the tillers”, suggested the tweet.
— CPIM Maharashtra (@mahacpimspeak) March 6, 2018
Unfortunately there is no truth to this claim. A Twitter user, Neech Shamit having a Twitter handle @Nations_Choice, has exposed this claim by pointing out that ‘The Church and the Waqf Board’ hold the largest land bank in India. The user went on to suggest that CPIM is trying to marginalize the farmer issue by projecting such uncalled issues.
Further, the user went on to suggest that the Church want the farmers to be poor and miserable so that Church can continue conversion of poor to Christianity.
if farmers remain miserable poor, the church can harvest more souls, Church got vested interest in keeping poor farmers mostly Dalits to remain miserable >>so they do politics using them as props but won't address issues
— 🇮🇳 Samit 🇮🇳 (@Nations_Choice) March 11, 2018
Former Aviation Minister Praful Patel had also hinted that the march might become aggressive and violent if their demands are not considered by the Maharashtra State Government.
कर्जमाफीसह शेतकर्यांच्या इतर मागण्यांसाठी काढण्यात आलेला शेतकरी मोर्चा मुंबई मध्ये दाखल होतो आहे. शेतकर्यांच्या मागण्या मान्य न झाल्यास हा जनआक्रोश अधिक उग्र रूप धारण करेल. आता तरी झोपलेल्या सरकारला जाग येईल का? #KisanLongMarch #FarmersProtest #loanwaiver #NCP pic.twitter.com/R9xQ0W1WvJ
— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) March 11, 2018