Nagpur/Akola: Former Union Finance Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha continued his protest in support of farmers’ demands on Day-3 too. Sinha has launched his agitation at Police Headquarters Ground in Akola demanding fulfillment of farmers’ demands as promised by BJP government.
On Wednesday, the third day of protest, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis talked to Yashwant Sinha on phone. Fadnavis has reportedly assured the agitating BJP leader of initiating positive measures on farmers’ demands. However, at the moment, the senior BJP leader refused to budge from his stand and continued his protest. He is sitting along with other protesting farmer leaders and farmers till the demands are met.
A clear picture on continuation of Sinha’s agitation would emerge in the evening of Wednesday. The senior BJP leader is taking part in the protest launched by Kisan Jagaran Manch and receiving widespread support from several political parties as well as organisations. Ravikant Tupkar of Swabhiman Shetkari Sanghatana along with hundreds of farmers have joined the agitation.
Meanwhile, Independent MLA and President of Prahar Organisation Bachchu Kadu visited the agitation site and met Sinha. In his three-hour talk with Sinha, Kadu offered him his support on the demands of farmers.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee also tweeted in support of Sinha. Bannerjee tweeted that she would send her party MP Dinesh Trivedi to Akola to meet Sinha.
“Our aim is that the government should accept the demands of the farmers. There was a discussion on the farmers’ demand with the administration till late Tuesday night. But our demands were not accepted, which is why we are continuing our protest. The government and the administration don’t appear to be serious about the farmers’ cause,” Sinha told media
The farmers’ demands include the purchase of some crops by the NAFED, assessment of farmers’ cotton crop loss due to bollworm and compensation and action against multinational companies for supplying defective seeds.