Govt invites BKS leaders for talks after farmers decide to step up stir
TIME TO BARGAIN Talks underway at the time of filing of report; state BJP president hopeful of ‘positive results’ The talks with farmers will yield positive results. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje is a wellwisher of the farmers
a bid to end the impasse, the state government on Monday called the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) leaders for talks.
The government decision comes after the BKS, an organisation of farmers, decided to call for bandh of grain markets, demonstration on roads, courting arrests and boycotting ministers in their areas throughout the state from Tuesday.
The talks were underway at the time of filing of report. “BKS leaders held talks with energy minister Pushpendra Singh, cooperative minister Ajay Singh and irrigation minister Ram Pratap and it is still on,” said BKS general secretary Kailash Gandoliya. State BJP president Ashok Parnami said the talks with farmers will yield positive results. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje is a well-wisher of the farmers, he added.
Under the banner of BKS, the farmers started their agitation at all the divisional headquarters on June 15. In Jaipur, farmers organised a mahapadao (sit-in) at Mansarovar. On Thursday, the BKS submitted an 11-point memorandum to the chief minister through the district administration. Farmers said they are not getting the cost of their produce and are in debt.
They said their produce is not being purchased on the minimum support price and they are not getting water or electricity, which the government had promised during elections. The farmers are demanding loan waiver and minimum support prices for their produce. Among other things, they are demanding warehouses at each panchayat headquarters, 24×7 electricity supply during sowing season and adequate representation of farmers in district committee meetings discussing agricultural issues.
Farmers throw onions on a road during a protest in Jodhpur. They said they are not getting cost of their produce.