Day 2 of farmers’ protest passes off peacefully in State

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jun 2018 11:12:38


Staff Reporter,

SECOND day of farmers’ protest remained peaceful in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. Consequences of the agitation can be seen as the price of vegetables have started rising. The State Government and police are keeping a close eye on entire situation and prepared to handle any emergency situation. Meantime, war of words between arch rivals BJP and the Congress has intensified over farmers’ issue. Even the State capital is facing the heat of farmers’ protest as Bhopal mandi which otherwise remains abuzz with daily activities wore a deserted look. Supply of vegetables has been affected due to strike and this has led to rise in vegetable prices. But supply of milk is unaffected as people are getting milk easily.

“The farmers’ agitation has 40 per cent effect on Bhopal. Likewise, supply in Pipaliya Mandi of Mandsaur is totally affected,” informed Anil Yadav of Bharatiya Kisan Union to ‘The Hitavada’. He added that farmers are planning to intensify the movement in a day or two. Moreover, he accused police of trying to suppress farmers’ movement. “Four people have been caught by police in Narsinghgarh of Rajgarh. Earlier, police arrested two persons and assured to leave them by 4 pm. Instead of releasing two detained persons, police arrested two more persons. Now, farmers will gherao the police station on Sunday demanding release of arrested farmers,” he claimed.

Yadav also told that farmers are staging protest peacefully but Bharatiya Kisan Union, fathomed to be close to State Government, is cajoling farmers and asking them not to stop supplies of vegetables and other things.

He informed that after 10 days of protest, Bharatiya Kisan Union will intensify the movement, asking farmers not to go to Mandi to sell their produce. He was of the view that farmers’ plight remains pitiable but traders mint money by selling off agriculture produce at high prices.

BHARATIYA KISAN UNION IS AMALGAMATION OF AT LEAST 35 FARMER UNIONS: Another farmers’ leader Shivkumar Sharma (Kakkaji) while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ told that there is mixed response to farmers’ agitation. Many mandis in the State are empty and many mandis are devoid of customers. So far, the protest has been peaceful and nowhere in State milk has been spilled or vegetables have been thrown. He alleged that farmers are enraged over irresponsible statement of Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh that farmers are ending life for publicity. Censuring Radha Mohan Singh, he told that it is unfortunate that the Union Agriculture Minister does not know how many farmers are there in the country.

Moreover, he told that now the BJP has started to accuse farmers’ leaders of doing politics for their own interests and becoming puppets in the hands of Congress. But farmers are on movement path for solution of their demands. He claimed that no untoward incident has been reported in the State so far.