Farmer strike in Maharashtra: Amidst the ongoing farmers protest in different parts of the country, another farmer in Maharashtra has committed suicide on Wednesday, reported CNN-News 18. As per the channel, 45-yr-old Dhanaji Chandrakant Jadhav hanged himself yesterday. However, his relatives have refused to cremate him unless the state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis visits the farmer. The Maharashtra farmers had recently gone on a protest asking for a farm loan waiver from the state government. Yesterday, Shiv Sena attacked Centre for the pushing debt-ridden farmers into greater despair through the ‘knife of demonetisation’.
“After years, monsoon last year brought hope to farmers and they had a bumper production but the knife of demonetisation led them to sell their produce at dirt cheap rates. They couldn’t even recover their input costs and as a result, debt-ridden farmers plunged deeper into losses,” the Sena said in its mouthpiece Saamana. “It is easy to win elections right from panchayat to municipal corporations. If you have the money, you can win an election even on the moon. This does not mean people are your servants. To understand farmers feelings, it needs to be understood that they are not mere vote banks,” it added.
Meanwhile, farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been on protest since June 1. The situation got worse on Tuesday when six farmers were killed while eight others were injured in firing incident. Responding to the incident, Union Minister of Steel, Mines and Employment Narendra Singh Tomar called it an unfortunate one.
“This is an unfortunate incident which happened in Mandsaur and we all are saddened by it. Violence has never been accepted in Madhya Pradesh, whenever the farmers demanded their issues were solved. The Chief Minister has also set up a judicial enquiry into this matter only then we can comment on the situation,” he added.