Khap panchayats, which hold sway in Haryana, may train their guns on state agriculture minister Om Prakash Dhankar for the BJP government's failure to keep its electoral promise to implement the MS Swaminathan commission report during its eight-month rule so far.
This was indicated during the khap mahapanchayat, hosted by Rakhi Barha khap at Malikpur village in Hisar district on Sunday.
Suresh Koth, who is head of Rakhi Barha khap, said: "Om Prakash Dhankar, who is currently agriculture minister, had launched a march and actively participated in the 'rail-roko' campaign for the implementation of Swaminathan commission report before the assembly elections".
He said, "Strangely enough, Dhankar, who secured farmers' votes in the BJP's favour in the assembly polls last year, has been maintaining silence thereafter and is not responding to the peasantry's demand for ensuring the minimum support prices (MSP) of crops 50% above the cost of production as recommended in the commission's report".
On the outcome of Sunday's mahapanchayat, wherein Bharatiya Kisan Union, Kisan Sangharsh Samitis and Haryana Kisan Manch also participated, he said that the saffron party had given a commitment "in writing on its letter pad" before the assembly polls that it would get their demand accepted after the party came to power in the state. "But it seems that they have cheated farmers and are further misleading them now by buying time, which will not be tolerated. A decision against Dhankar for his failure to fight for farmers' demand can be taken on March 5 at Peepli village in Kurukshetra district," he said.
Referring to the BJP's written undertaking in this regard before the polls, BKU state president Gurnam Singh Chaduni said that the BJP had also promised to provide zero-interest loans on the lines of Madhya Pradesh, but the party leaders had "changed their colours" after coming to power.
Chaduni said that they have issued an ultimatum to the central government through the state government to either announce a date for the implementation of the Swaminathan commission report by March 5 or else be ready to witness an agitation which would start from Peepli panchayat on the same day.
Notably, the state government recently sent a recommendation to the Centre ensure 30% hike in MSP on crops for providing partial relief to farmers in the backdrop of their demand for implementation of the Swaminathan commission report. firstname.lastname@example.org