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