Nagpur: MPCC President Ashok Chavan on Saturday condoled the sad demise of eminent farmers’ leader and founder of Shetkari Sanghatana Sharad Joshi. In his message, Chavan said that the news of Joshi’s death has come as a shock to him. “Farmers have lost a fighting leader in the form of Joshi. He was the personality of an all-rounder. The late Joshi’s most important contribution was farmers’ movement not only in Maharashtra but in the entire country. The popularity of Shetkari Sanghatana has no parallel. The Sanghatana was perhaps the biggest apolitical organization of this era. Joshi always strived to provide justice to farmers through his organization. As a Member of Rajya Sabha, Joshi vociferously raised farmers’ issues and ensured farmers get justice,” said Chavan in his condolence message.
The Congress Leader further said “Sharad Joshi struggled for entire life. Had the growing age and illness not put hurdles, he would been seen on streets fighting for farmers. My humble homage to this incredible farmers’ leader. May Almighty give strength to his family to bear this immense loss,” said the MPCC Chief.
The beloved leader of farmers Sharad Joshi died of old age in Pune on Saturday. He was 81 Joshi floated Shetkari Sanghatana in 1979 to fight for farmers cause and hogged limelight with an agitation of onion growers in 1980 to demand remunerative prices for the produce. He was also member of Rajya Sabha from 2004-10. Joshi is survived by two daughters settled abroad.