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Maharashtra: Government gives relief package to farmers, BJP ends 72-hour hunger strike in Latur

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The hunger strike began on Monday and ended hours after the Maharashtra government announced financial assistance late on Wednesday. Maharashtra government has announced financial assistance of Rs 10,000 crore for farmers whose crops were damaged due to heavy rains. The relief package was criticized by BJP leaders including Devendra Fadnavis.

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A 72-hour hunger strike led by BJP leaders demanding financial assistance for farmers affected by heavy rains and floods in the Marathwada region, including Maharashtra’s Latur district, ended on Wednesday night. The opposition party resolved to continue the struggle for the welfare of the farmers of the state.

Hunger strike started on Monday
The hunger strike began on Monday and ended hours after the Maharashtra government announced financial assistance late on Wednesday. Maharashtra government has announced financial assistance of Rs 10,000 crore for farmers whose crops were damaged due to heavy rains. The relief package was criticized by BJP leaders including Devendra Fadnavis.

Government announces financial assistance of Rs 10000 crore
Agricultural crops on over 55 lakh hectares of land have been damaged due to the extremely heavy rains between June and October this year. In order to provide some assistance to the farmers, the Maharashtra government has decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 10,000 crore to the affected farmers, an official statement in Mumbai said.

BJP told the aid amount insufficient
However, former state minister and BJP MLA Sambhajirao Patil Nilangekar, who was part of the agitation in Latur, termed the aid as inadequate and said the Mahavikas Aghadi (MVA) government has made a “joke of farmers”. He said that BJP will continue to fight till the farmers get justice. Patil Nilangekar’s hunger strike began at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Chowk in Latur with 127 farmers of the district.

The BJP leader also lambasted NCP president Sharad Pawar, whose party is an ally in the MVA government. He said that the plight of farmers in Marathwada has been ignored. The relief package announced by the government is not acceptable. The Chief Minister may have forgotten that Marathwada is a part of Maharashtra.

Will start a big movement in future: Nilangekar

He said, “Though the hunger strike is over, but in future a strong and big movement will be launched in a different way in support of the farmers. Patil Nilangekar alleged that the MVA government was “harassing” the farmers for the last two years.

Of the 127 farmers who took part in the hunger strike, 14 farmers had to be admitted to hospitals as they fell unconscious. Former CM Fadnavis said that the aid announced by the state government is like a joke with the farmers.

Due to heavy rains last month, water was released from the Manjara dam, which inundated many other areas, including Latur. Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar along with 127 farmers from 32 affected villages of Nilanga, Deoni, Ausa and Shirur-Anantpal tehsils along with 127 farmers from other areas held a protest and hunger strike at Shivaji Chowk in Latur. More than 4,000 farmers had come to show solidarity in this demonstration.

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A 72-hour hunger strike led by BJP leaders demanding financial assistance for farmers affected by heavy rains and floods in the Marathwada region, including Maharashtra’s Latur district, ended on Wednesday night. The opposition party resolved to continue the struggle for the welfare of the farmers of the state.

Hunger strike started on Monday

The hunger strike began on Monday and ended hours after the Maharashtra government announced financial assistance late on Wednesday. Maharashtra government has announced financial assistance of Rs 10,000 crore for farmers whose crops were damaged due to heavy rains. The relief package was criticized by BJP leaders including Devendra Fadnavis.

Government announces financial assistance of Rs 10000 crore

Agricultural crops on over 55 lakh hectares of land have been damaged due to the extremely heavy rains between June and October this year. In order to provide some assistance to the farmers, the Maharashtra government has decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 10,000 crore to the affected farmers, an official statement in Mumbai said.

BJP told the aid amount insufficient

However, former state minister and BJP MLA Sambhajirao Patil Nilangekar, who was part of the agitation in Latur, termed the aid as inadequate and said the Mahavikas Aghadi (MVA) government has made a “joke of farmers”. He said that BJP will continue to fight till the farmers get justice. Patil Nilangekar’s hunger strike began at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Chowk in Latur with 127 farmers of the district.

The BJP leader also lambasted NCP president Sharad Pawar, whose party is an ally in the MVA government. He said that the plight of farmers in Marathwada has been ignored. The relief package announced by the government is not acceptable. The Chief Minister may have forgotten that Marathwada is a part of Maharashtra.

Will start a big movement in future: Nilangekar

He said, “Though the hunger strike is over, but in future a strong and big movement will be launched in a different way in support of the farmers. Patil Nilangekar alleged that the MVA government was “harassing” the farmers for the last two years.

Of the 127 farmers who took part in the hunger strike, 14 farmers had to be admitted to hospitals as they fell unconscious. Former CM Fadnavis said that the aid announced by the state government is like a joke with the farmers.


Due to heavy rains last month, water was released from the Manjara dam, which inundated many other areas, including Latur. Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar along with 127 farmers from 32 affected villages of Nilanga, Deoni, Ausa and Shirur-Anantpal tehsils along with 127 farmers from other areas held a protest and hunger strike at Shivaji Chowk in Latur. More than 4,000 farmers had come to show solidarity in this demonstration.

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