Even as the 10-day nation-wide farmers’ strike continued on day two in all major states of the country, the Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar dismissed it by saying that the reason for the protest was a ‘non-issue’.
“They don’t have any issue; they are just focusing on unnecessary things through this strike. Not selling produce will bring losses to the farmers only,” Khattar said.
Besides Khattar, Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Balkrishna Patidar also dismissed the protect calling it non-existent and claiming that the farmers are happy with the State and Central Government.
“It’s 2nd June today. Where is the strike happening? No farmers are participating in the strike. Farmers are happy with the schemes that the Chief Minister has launched for them. They have faith that State and Central Government will solve their problems,” Patidar said.
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On the second day of the strike today, farmers in Punjab’s Ludhiana district continued their protest by throwing vegetable produce on the roads.
The strike started yesterday when thousands of farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana started a 10-day nationwide strike demanding waiver of loans, right price for their crops and implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.
The protests were called to mark the first anniversary of the Mandsaur Demonstration in Madhya Pradesh, in which six farmers were killed in police firing.
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As part of the protest, farmers have shut down the supply of milk, vegetables and essential farm produce due to which the vegetable prices in the market have gone up.
Vendors at Delhi’s Okhla vegetable market say prices have shot up extensively due to the country-wide farmers’ protest.
The decision to stop supplies starting from June 1 till June 10 was taken by farmers under the banner of Kisan Ekta Manch and Rashtriya Kisan Maha Sangh, which claim to be representing 172 farmer outfits.
On the last day of the protest on June 10, the farmers’ bodies will organise ‘Bharat Bandh’.