M'rashtra farmers to intensify stir

M'rashtra farmers to intensify stir

In a significant development, farmers’ groups came under one banner and decided to intensify their agitation next week with a series of protests and a rail roko.

Meanwhile, the last rites of farmer Dhanaji Jadhav, who had committed suicide at Veet village in Solapur on Wednesday, were performed.

The farmer in a note had said: “I am a farmer, Dhanaji Chandrakant Jadhav. I am committing suicide today. Please take my body to the village and do not cremate me till Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis comes here.”

According to reports, the last rites were performed after Solapur’s guardian minister Vijay Deshmukh and the district collector reached the village. There were also reports that Fadnavis spoke to the family, but this could not be independently confirmed.

While on June 12 there would be protests outside government offices, on June 13, a statewide rail roko would be organised. Top farmer leaders like Raju Shetti of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana; Bacchu Kadu, Raghunathdada Patil and Ajit Navle of All India Kisan Sabha;  and members of Kisan Kranti Morcha met in Nashik and decided to intensify the agitation.

Shetti, whose outfit supports the BJP-Shiv Sena saffron alliance dispensation, is also contemplating coming out of the government.

Vishwas Utagi, convener of Trade Union Joint Action Committee (Maharashtra), also extended support to the agitation.

MLA: will bomb Fadnavis’ house
Controversial Independent MLA Bacchu Kadu said that he would not heistate to bomb the residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis if the demands of farmers are not met, DHNS reports.

The MLA made this remark while participating in a TV show in Nashik district. “If time comes, like the way Bhagat Singh dropped a bomb, I would drop a bomb at the residence of the chief minister,” he said. 

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