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Congress to hold farmers conclaves to expose Uttarakhand govt

The Uttarakhand unit of Congress is unwilling to let farmers’ suicide issue die soon as the party has decided to hold farmers conclaves across the state in coming days

dehradun Updated: Jul 27, 2017 19:47 IST
Prithviraj Singh
Prithviraj Singh
Hindustan Times
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Congressmen burn effigy of the state government in Dehradun on Thursday to protest farmers’ suicides. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

The Uttarakhand unit of Congress is unwilling to let farmers’ suicide issue die soon as the party has decided to hold farmers conclaves across the state in coming days.

The opposition party will rope in farmers for its sustainable campaign against the state government on the issue, party sources said.

Party leaders said meetings of Congress delegations with governor, former president Pranab Mukharjee and chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat were a part of long term plan to keep the issue alive.

Senior party leader Lalachand Sharma, a close associate of PCC president Pritam Singh, said: “After meetings with authorities, now the party has planned to hold farmers meetings across the state and expose the state government of promises made by the BJP during assembly elections.”

“We have already started protests at district units on increasing number of farmers suicides in the state. This will be followed by farmers conclaves and rallies in different parts of the state including Terai and hill areas of Kumaon region,” he said.

“The Congress leadership will intensify its campaign against the ruling party and expose the BJP government for deceiving the people of Uttarakhand,” said Sharma.

Former PCC president Kishore Upadhaya said: “They (government) are trying to ignore repeated suicides by farmers in the state and trying to put the blame on the Congress. The BJP and its government cannot run away from the truth.”

Pritam Singh and former chief minister Harish Rawat on Thursday meet the family of deceased farmer Raj Kumar in Suvadi Village of Tehri district to express their solidarity.

This was the sixth suicide by a farmer in the state. The farmers committed suicide allegedly due to their inability to payback debt.