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Mixed response to AAP protest over tardy paddy procurement in Punjab

punjab Updated: Nov 08, 2016 12:55 IST
HT Correspondents
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Aam Aadmi Party volunteers staging a protest at Rama Mandi grain market in Bathinda on Monday.(HT Photo)

Despite the Aam Admi Party (AAP) having already announced its manifesto for the farmers in Punjab, it received a lukewarm response from the farming community during its protest against tardy paddy procurement in the region on Monday.

In Mansa, party volunteers led by MLA candidate Nazar Singh Manshahiya visited the grain market and held a protest against the state government for providing poor facilities to the farmers.

While the AAP leader roamed around the grain market, most farmers didn’t join him. “I am here for the last nine days and nobody from the market committee has contacted me,” said Pragat Singh of Moosa village.

AAP volunteers said details of debt-ridden farmers are still being collected and a special counter has been set up in the mandis for the same.

In Bathinda, AAP volunteers failed to gather a crowd at the main grain market. The party’s Bathinda parliamentary zone coordinator KC Bagga, along with a handful of volunteers, spoke with farmers and enquired about payments.

In Muktsar district, AAP’s Malout candidate Baldev Sing Azad could manage to gather only a handful of volunteers at the grain market.

No protest was witnessed at the Faridkot mandi. In Moga, AAP workers outnumbered the farmers. They raised anti-government slogans in front of the Moga deputy commissioner’s office. However, no official from the deputy commissioner’s office entertained them to receive their memorandum. They finally handed it over to the district food and supplies controller.


JALANDHAR: Only six prominent AAP leaders and 10 others turned up for the dharna organised by the party in the grain market to protest against Punjab government’s alleged “apathy” towards farmers.

The gathering was addressed by party candidates, Gulshan Sharma from Jalandhar North, Darshan Bhagat from Jalandhar West. Party joint secretary Major Singh and party’s observer for Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat Rajiv Chaudhary were also present.


AMRITSAR: Accusing the state government of looting and harassing farmers, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday staged protests at grain markets in Amritsar district. During the protests, AAP candidates and volunteers raised slogans against the Punjab government. They flayed the government for meagre and untimely payments to farmers during the procurement season.

“As the farmers are not being paid their rightful dues for paddy procurement in mandis of Punjab, the AAP has staged these protests,” said AAP Amritsar labour and kisan wing in-charge Jagjot Singh, who led the protest at Rajasansi grain market and Majitha.