As thousands of farmers reached Mumbai after embarking on a long March from Nashik to press for their demands, Mumbaikars flocked up on road to welcome them. Residents, cutting across religious groups and political lines, came out to offer food and water to the protesters.
The farmers reached Mumbai on Sunday but stopped at Sion in the suburbs. The farmers decided to march at night in order to not cause any inconvenience for students taking exams on Monday morning. The gesture grabbed attention on social media and drew accolades from scores, including celebrities and industrialists. Moved by the images of the blistered feet of walking farmers, many came out with boxes of footwear.