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Patil gets ?Veeru? off tank

Patil manage to convince Independent Member of Assembly, Omprakash, to withdraw the agitation, reports Sarita Kaushik.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 02:42 IST

The very filmy Sholay-like agitation to protest the plight of farmers came to an equally filmy end. On Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil personally climbed atop the water tank to hold talks with the protestors.

Patil managed to convince Independent Member of Legislative Assembly, Omprakash alias Bacchu Kadu, to withdraw the agitation.

He assured Kadu that his demands would be placed before the cabinet for consideration. Kadu and his supporters were planning to stay atop the tank without food and water till December 14.

Kadu, people’s representative from Achalpur, and his supporters had launched the agitation on Tuesday.

Dnyaneshwar Solao, a farmer, was grievously injured after he jumped from a water tank. Kadu’s supporters had threatened to jump down the tank if the police tried to stop their agitation, without their demands being fulfilled. Kadu had demanded that the Chief Minister visit them and listen to their demands.

Kadu had on Tuesday claimed that he was Veeru (a character immortalised by actor Dharmendra), the state government was mausi (aunty) and his demands were his Basanti (heroine in the film).

After spending more than 24 hours on top of the water tank at Ayodhya Nagar, Kadu finally managed to get the attention of Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil.
There was high drama at the tank when Patil arrived at Ayodhaya Nagar. He tried to convince Kadu to come down and talk to him, but Kadu did not budge.

Finally, Patil himself climbed the tank and told Kadu that he would put forth Kadu’s demands before the State Cabinet. He also assured him that the demands which needed the Centre’s sanction would be put before the union government. It was only then that Kadu agreed to stop the agitation.

Kadu later told reporters that he had agreed to give Patil one month to fulfill his promise. But, if his demands were not met, he would restart and intensify the agitation.

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First Published: Dec 14, 2006 02:42 IST