Opposition attacks Yogi as potatoes pave roads

Marsha Scott
January 8, 2018

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday advised Yogi Adityanath to visit ration shops and Indira canteens in Karnataka for ideas to tackle starvation deaths in Uttar Pradesh, on the pretext of tweeting a message of welcome.

Condemning statements made by union minister Anantkumar Hegde onchanging the Constitution and also the statements issued by UttarPradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Hubballi recently on TipuJayanti celebrations, Mr Siddaramaiah said the behaviour of bothwas against the pluralist cultural tradition of Karnataka and anti nationalist.

They said that they are not satisfied with the low price of potatoes given to them.

However, Uttar Pradesh Waqf and Haj Minister Mohsin Raza defended the move and said the opposition parties are diverting attention from real issues.

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The police and the district administration were caught off guard and the development sent the officials in a tizzy since the dumping of potatoes was carried out on Friday night.

"Though the Modi government had included Bengaluru and nine other cities across the state under its ambitious Smart City project, the state government has not taken action to utilize its funds or improve the quality of life in the state. Who will pay for the cold storage charges?" questioned Singh. "Now, whether this has been done by the farmers or by someone else is yet to be ascertained".

"The Congress government has been busy polarising the people, dividing them on caste and religious basis and failed to check the worsening law and order situation".

But the step taken by the government did not end the growers' woes as the MSP was much below the price of Rs 10 per kilo they expected and the government purchase was not enough to help them recover their cost price. "We have dumped several lakh metric tons of our produce in the cold storages as the procurement is yet to start and farmers are getting a price of below Rs 4 in mandis".

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