Nagpur/Mumbai: Right after the ‘Sukanu’ meet of newly formed farmer leaders, Member of Parliament Raju Shetty, leader of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna Govt. since they feel the Modi and Fadnavis governments have fooled farmers with false promises which they had no plans to fulfill.
Sadabhau Khot, MoS for Agriculture who is from Sanghatana has been told to either leave Govt. or leave the party.
The thousands of farmers that had gathered on the sidelines of the ‘Sukanu’ meet displayed exemplary unity and a growing sense of impatience, even militancy, if their demands are not met in toto soon by Fadnavis.
They have alerted authorities of planned actions in the coming week.
‘Dharna’ in front of various Collectors’ offices on Monday; ‘Rasta Roko’ on Tuesday where not just roads but even rail tracks will be obstructed; and Jail Bharo on Wednesday if their demands are not accepted till then.
“If our demands are not met seriously, we will not just prevent milk and vegetables from going to Mumbai but stop provisions from going to C.M.’s residence Varsha” threatened one farmer while speaking to Nikhil Wagle of TV 9.
“Enough home work and academically studying our issues, take action and waive our loans” said a farmer’s daughter.
Do not cremate me till CM doesn’t come
A debt-ridden farmer hung himself from a tree in Maharashtra’s Solapur district 400 km from Mumbai, on the 8th day of the agitation.
But Dhanaji Chandrakant Jadhav, 45, made sure he wasn’t going to be just another figure in a state where 11 farmers commit suicide every day. In a note that the police say he left behind, Jadhav said he should not be cremated “till Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis comes here”.
Jadhav had just 2.5 acres of cultivable land and a debt of over 60,000 rupees from banks and money lenders that he felt he couldn’t repay. He leaves behind two young children and wife.
Leave this government for us Udhav Thakeray told
Many farmers and their leaders have challenged even Thakarey’s Shiv Sena to leave the government if they were serious about supporting striking farmers.
In Mumbai, an increasingly desperate Fadnavis has announced that he is ready for discussions with any farmers’ leader and even Shiv Sena leader Udhav Thakarey to reach a settlement.