Potatoes hurled outside UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s residence, other prominent places in Lucknow; here’s why

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New Delhi | Published: January 6, 2018 7:28:12 PM

In one of its kind protest, potatoes were hurled from a truck at various prominent places in Lucknow on Saturday, including chief minister Yogi Adityanath's residence. The news was confirmed by the Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma who said that there was a ruck which had sacks of potato and it started throwing potatoes in various parts of the city early this morning.

Potato protest, Potato protest in up, Potato protest in uttar pradesh, up Potato portest, Potato hurled outside yogi adityanath house, yogi adtiyanath, adityanath, india newsPotatoes were hurled from a truck at various prominent places in Lucknow on Saturday. (Source: ANI)

In one of its kind protest, potatoes were hurled from a truck at various prominent places in Lucknow on Saturday, including chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence. The news was confirmed by the Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma who said that there was a ruck which had sacks of potato and it started throwing potatoes in various parts of the city early this morning. The reason behind this act was as surprising as it gets. It was reportedly a protest by farmers against the low purchase price of the produce, even as the state government dismissed the incident as the work of “miscreants”.

Even Sharma said that it is still not clear if this was done by the farmers or someone else. “Now, whether this has been done by the farmers or by someone else is yet to be ascertained. So far, no farmers’ group has claimed any responsibility for this act,” he said. Similar scenes were seen on Vidhan Sabha Marg, near VVIP guest house and near the 1090 Crossing. The roads were later cleaned by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation, soil was also put on the smashed potatoes so that motorcyclists and other two-wheeler riders do not skid off the road.

“This seems to be the work of anti-social elements. It is not very clear whether this is a work of farmers or any farmer organisation…We are probing all possible angles…,” Sharma added. “This was not done by farmers, but by miscreants,” a state government spokesperson was quoted saying by PTI.

However, the Rashtriya Kisan Manch has slammed the state government over the incident. Its president Shekhar Dixit said that there is a difference between words and action. Even though he mentioned that he is not pointing fingers at the Narendra Modi government or Yogi Adityanath government but added that the situation is same as during SP or BSP regime.

“Today it is the potato farmers who have thrown potatoes on the streets of Lucknow, tomorrow it may be the sugarcane farmers, the wheat and paddy farmers…if the situation does not improve,” he added.

Speaking to reporters, Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said, “This was a pre-planned act, as the potato which was thrown on the streets of Lucknow was partly or completely rotten, and rejected in the mandi (market). It is a deliberate attempt to malign the image of the Yogi Adityanath government.”

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