New Delhi, June 2: Amid the ongoing farmers’ strike, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar courted a controversy by saying that they (farmers) don’t have any issues; they are just focusing on unnecessary things. He further said that they will suffer losses if they do not sell their produce. He made this remark while talking to a news agency ANI on Friday.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Minister for Agriculture, Balkrishna Patidar, said, “Its 2nd June today, where is the strike happening? No farmers are participating in the strike. Farmers are happy with the schemes CM has launched for them. They have faith that state¢ral govt will solve their problems.”
On Friday, thousands of farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana started a 10-day nationwide strike under the banner of Kisan Ekta Manch and Rashtriya Kisan Maha Sangh demanding waiver of loans, right price for their crops and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission. (Also Read: Protest Turns Violent in Jaipur, Police Resort to Lathicharge)
The two organisations represent 172 farmer bodies. Balbir Singh Rajewal, president of Bharat Kisan Union also said that farmers have been told not to send supplies to cities but can sell in villages. He blamed the Central and state governments for not preventing farmer suicides and for not implementing minimum income guarantee scheme and recommendations of Swaminathan Commission report.
The report said several farmer unions have called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ this Sunday which would impact states like Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Earlier on Friday, farmers’ strike took an ugly turn in Jaipur when clashes erupted and the police had to resort to lathi-charge, said media reports. Hundreds of protesting and sloganeering farmers were hit and many resorted to throwing vegetables at police personnel.
Following the country-wide protest, Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak said many of their issues are local in nature and the Centre will take it up with respective state governments.