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Left charges Rajasthan govt with farmer repression

CPI(M) calls for talks with farmers to implement the agreement to supply water from the Indira Gandhi canal, reports Sutirtho Patronobis.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2006 23:13 IST
Sutirtho Patronobis
Sutirtho Patronobis

The CPI (M) on Tuesday condemned the BJP government in Rajasthan for "unleashing repression'' on the farmers' movement in the state and asked the Vasundhara Raje administration to adopt the path of negotiations to resolve the issue.

"For a week now, the peasantry and local people have been agitating for the implementation of the agreement to supply water from the Indira Gandhi canal. Instead of meeting the legitimate demands of the farmers, the state government has sought to suppress the movement,'' the party said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Army has been deployed and curfew imposed. It is shocking that the BJP government is utilising the Army against the farmers' struggle,'' the statement added.

It asked the state government to ``immediately hold talks after releasing all the leaders who have been held and take steps to implement the agreement already arrived at.''

First Published: Oct 17, 2006 23:13 IST