New Delhi, June 4: Even as the farmers’ strike entered its fourth day on Monday, traders in Maharashtra claimed that ‘Kisan Avkash’ hadn’t affected the business at all, reported ANI. Meanwhile, the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress is set to stage a protest at Krishi Bhawan in support of farmers’ protest, said reports. The agitation is also likely to demand an unconditional apology from Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh for claiming that the protest was a ‘publicity gimmick’ and from Haryana CM ML Khattar for calling farmers unrest as ‘kham-a-kha ki baatein’.
Speaking at a press conference in Patna, Minister Singh had reportedly said, “Desh mein 12-14 crore kisaan hain. Kisi bhi sangathan mein 1,000-2,000 kisaan svabhavik hain aur media mein aane ke liye anokha kaam karna hi padta hai (There are around 12 to 14 crore farmers in the country. It is normal for any farmer’s organisation to have 1,000-2,000 farmers and they have to do something extraordinary to get the media’s attention).”
Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi would be addressing a rally in Mandsaur this Wednesday, June 6. Rahul had tweeted, “In our country, 35 farmers commit suicide every day. Farmers have been forced to hold 10-day agitation against Central government’s failure to address the agrarian distress. While standing with farmers in their fight for justice, I will address a farmers rally in Mandsaur on June 6.” The day marks the death anniversary of six farmers who were killed in Mandsaur in police firing during the protest.
On June 1, the protest had turned violent in Jaipur when police had to resort to lathi-charge following clashes. Among farmers’ demands are a minimum support price (MSP) for their crops and loan waivers. In Jaipur, several farmers dumped vegetables and fruits, and poured milk on the streets. Hundreds of protesting and sloganeering farmers were hit and many resorted to throwing vegetables at police personnel.