Nagpur: Farmers’ leader Kishore Tiwari on Tuesday termed the farmers’ strike as a conspiracy against Chief Minister hatched by rattled opposition parties. Calling the state-wide agitation of farmers as justified, Tiwari at the same time slammed the Opposition leaders for using the agitation as political tool to target the Chief Minister.
Tiwari questioned the timing of the agitation. “According to a survey, the popularity of Fadnavis is at its peak in rural areas of the state. Under his leadership, the BJP is winning elections after elections. Rattled by the victories, all the leaders of political parties from Western Maharashtra are attacking the Chief Minister on the basis of the farmers’ strike. The peaceful agitation suddenly turning violent is the handy work of the Opposition leaders,” Tiwari charged.
A known leader of farmers, Kishore Tiwari has Cabinet Minister level status as Chairman of Vasantrao Naik Kisan Swavalamban Mission of State Government. The farmers chose the BJP because they were fed with the previous government led by the present opposition leaders.
However, the promises made by BJP and Narendra Modi during election campaigning could not be effectively implemented in the past three years. This has caused dissention among the farmers and that is why they have hit the streets in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. But the Chief Minister Fadnavis is sensitive to the problems of farmers and taken several initiatives resulting in increase in produce of farmers in the state. However, the income of farmers has declined due to various reasons. Farmers were forced to sell their produce much below the minimum support price, Tiwari claimed.