A number of widows from Vidarbha and drought-hit farmers joined the stir to draw attention of the BJP-led Central government and BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra to farmers' suicides and the government's complete neglect of the region's agrarian crisis, according to a Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti press release issued here on Friday.

Protestors demanded immediate farm loan waiver, food security to distressed farmers as well as ensuring fresh crop loans for the ensuing kharif crop, the release said.

They unanimously resolved to stage an indefinite fast before the Prime Minister's Office in Delhi next month to fulfill these demands, the release added.

The Delhi protest is to be led by Aparna Malikar, a 32-year-old farm widow, who was recently elected sarpanch of Wara Kauta village in Yavatmal district, it stated.

Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti President Kishore Tiwari said that it is time for serious thinking to tackle the agrarian crisis, the release mentioned.

Malikar, who is also secretary of the Vidarbha Farm Widows' Organisation, demanded that the BJP-ruled governments at the Centre and the state should act immediately to save farmers from taking extreme steps, the release said.

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