ON May 3, 2018, around 35,000 adivasi peasant women and men, under the banner of the CPI(M) and the AIKS, held a massive rally at Dahanu in Palghar district. They came in their thousands from all the seven tehsils of Palghar district, viz Dahanu, Talasari, Vikramgad, Jawhar, Mokhada, Wada and Palghar and from the Shahapur tehsil of Thane district. There were over 15,000 women led by the AIDWA. There were thousands of youth led by the DYFI. The rally was so huge that the media variously estimated it as between 40,000 to 50,000.