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Mulayam declares statewide agitation over sugarcane prices

india Updated: Nov 09, 2009 16:04 IST
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Mulayam Singh

Samajwadi Party national president, Mulayam Singh Yadav warned the state government of a "rebellious agitation" if the state government does not raise minimum statutory price for sugarcane and wheat. He announced a token statewide demonstration on November 15.

He asked the chief minister Mayawati to apologise to Amar Singh (over 'money laundering fake FIR') and added that anyway now nothing would be able to prevent her ending up in jail for her 'misdeeds'.

"If the state government fails to respond to the November 15 demonstration, then the party would resort to 'rebellious' agitation to fight for farmers' cause," said Mulayam.

He demanded that minimum statutory prices for sugarcane should be Rs 300 per quintal and Rs 1500 per quintal for wheat.

Mulayam said that the prices that the state government gives are too low. In fact they are far lower than the input cost to get a quintal of produce. He said that Prime Minister himself had said that the input cost for a quintal of wheat is Rs 1,000.

He said that country's economy would not improve unless farmers get right prices.