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Ajit Pawar set to exchange blows with state govt for farmers cause

Friday, May 19, 2017
By Suyash Padate

The former Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar yesterday appealed to the farmers in the state not to go on a strike for their various demands. “I will personally fight for your demands of loan waiver and higher rate for the agricultural produce,” Pawar assured the agrarian community.

Farmers from Ahmednagar, Aurangabad and some of the districts have taken the decision to go on strike from June 1 by cutting supply of milk and vegetables to cities like Mumbai and Pune. Their demands include farm loan waiver and a minimum support price for crops by June 1. Against this backdrop, while addressing the farmers during Sanghrash yatra, Pawar made this appeal. He said, “Strike is not not a solution for the problem. I will fight for your demands and if required the issue will be taken to the streets,” he added further.   

The leader of the opposition in the state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said, “The opposition will organise farmers' rallies in Maharashtra to build pressure on the government to grant loan waiver. The Sangharsh Yatra campaign of opposition to press the demand of loan waiver has already covered 27 districts. Our agitation will not stop with the conclusion of the fourth phase of the Yatra. We will hold farmers' rallies in Gondia, Ahmednagar and Nanded districts soon”. “The ruling BJP and Shiv Sena initially criticised the Sangharsh Yatra but now they are organising similar campaigns to reach out to the farmers. This means pressure is building up on the government. If we continue our agitation, the government is bound to bow down. The Centre has failed to pass on the benefit of falling crude oil prices to the common man. The Centre reduced the prices of petrol and diesel, but the state government levied a surcharge. If this is the situation before GST comes into force, one can not imagine what torture the common man will face in future,” he pointed out.

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