While the saffron brigade is busy celebrating its win in the UP civic polls, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha was detained by police in Maharashtra’s Akola for voicing the “apathy” of government against the farmers in the Vidarbha region.
Sinha who was flabbergasted at the Modi government’s negligence towards the soybean and cotton cultivators in the region and remained committed towards their concerns said, “we won’t budge till our demands are met.” Akola district SP Rakesh Kalasagar confirmed that 79 years old Sinha along with 250 farmers have been detained outside the district collector’s office as per provisions of section 68 of the Mumbai police act.
The official also confirmed that Sinha who was detained at around 5:30 pm on Monday was released at around 9:50 pm, refused to leave the police head quarters along with the farmers. The issue came to spotlight with images of the Sinha sleeping on wooden cot going viral in the news.
Yashwant Sinha, a former union finance minister whose son Jayant Sinha is also a union minister is leading the brigade of farmers who demand compensation for their damaged soybean and cotton crops due to infestation by pests.
“We are trying to convince Mr. Sinha that the government is sensitive towards farmers issues. We have told him that if he wishes, he is free to leave,” district collector Asit Kumar Pandey told PTI.
According to him Sinha insisted that government to file FIRs against the Bogus Bt cotton companies, while he assured that stringent action has already been taken against six such companies and FIRs have also been lodged.
Yashwant Sinha recently expressed contradictory views on the BJP government’s implementation of GST and maintained that merely introducing GST slabs was not enough to render the economy secure.
While addressing a farmer’s rally called Kapas Soybean Dhan Parishad(cotton soybean and paddy rally) organized by Shetkari Jagar manch at Akola, Sinha lashed out at the BJP government for failing to deliver on the promises made to farmers.
“Before coming to power, the BJP had promised to give 50 per cent over and above the minimum support price (MSP). But after coming to power, the party forgot the promise,” Sinha said.
Sinha led a procession of farmers till the district collector’s office to present the list of demands, bringing attention to his cause by placing ball-worm infected crop at Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Gandhi-Jawahar garden at Akola.
The Parishad is demanding a minimum support price of Rs. 50000 per acre compensation on all fresh produce for the cotton farmers affected by pink boll-worm disease.
Sinha pledged to continue his fight for the farmer’s rights saying, “I wish to tell the police, district administration and the state government that if we are formally arrested and released and they think that we will go home, then they are under wrong impression. You are seeing the mood of farmers now. We won’t be responsible for what happens,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Meanwhile West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have extended “full support” to Yashwant Sinha calling his detention by police “insane”.
Determined to resolve the farmer’s crisis Yahshwant Sinha said, “Just as Indian soldiers carried out surgical strikes across the border, the farmers will also carry out a surgical strike against the government till justice has been done,”

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