Maneka says In­dia doesn’t need sugar, draws farm­ers’ ire

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Ke­shav Agrawal

Pilib­hit: Farmer or­gan­i­sa­tions in UP have slammed Union min­is­ter and BJP MP from Pilib­hit, Maneka Gandhi, for al­legedly say­ing that “peas­ants shouldn’t cul­ti­vate sug­ar­cane as the coun­try doesn’t need any more sugar”.

A group of farm­ers had ap­proached her on Tues­day to voice their griev­ance about the mills not re­leas­ing cane sup­ply tick­ets when she al­legedly made this re­mark. Protest­ing against her “in­sen­si­tiv­ity”, Pilib­hit farm­ers on Thurs­day burnt sug­ar­cane in front of Khakra po­lice out­post and shouted slo­gans against her.

In a video re­leased from New Delhi on Wed­nes­day, Gandhi said she had been quoted out of con­text. She said she had al­ways taken care of cane grow­ers on mat­ters of set­ting up of sug­ar­cane pro­cure­ment cen­tres or is­suance of sup­ply tick­ets. It was be­cause of her ef­forts that the sugar mills were not al­lowed to wind up oper­a­tions dur­ing the crush­ing ses­sion, she claimed.

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