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‘Congress to launch Kissan Nyay Yatra on CM home turf on October 3’

The ‘Kisan Nyay Yatra’ will start from Baran district on October 3 and culminate into ‘Kisan Sammelan’ on October 6 in Jhalawar.

jaipur Updated: Sep 27, 2017 19:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Congress,Sachin Pilot,Rajasthan
Congress supporters protest against hike in fuel prices in Jaipur on Tuesday.(Prabhakar Sharma/HT Photo)

Stepping up its activities ahead of the assembly polls late next year, the Congress plans to corner the Vasundhara Raje government with an 85—km long padyatra that will pass through the constituencies of the chief minister and her son.

The ‘Kisan Nyay Yatra’ will start from Baran district on October 3 and culminate into ‘Kisan Sammelan’ on October 6 in Jhalawar. Raje’s assembly constituency -- Jhalrapatan -- falls under Jhalawar district, and her son, Dushyant Singh, is the sitting MP from Jhalawar-Baran Lok Sabha constituency.

State Congress chief Sachin Pilot said that yatra will demand a complete loan-waiver for farmers, GST exemption on agriculture equipment and raising the minimum support price for farm produce ensuring 50% profit to farmers.

Besides youngsters, traders and the common people, it is the farmers who have suffered most in the last three years, Pilot said.

““Input cost is increasing and farmers are not getting the right price for their crops. Seventy-five farmers in Rajasthan were forced to commit suicide and most of the suicides have occurred in the Hadoti region of the state, of which CM Raje is also a representative,” Pilot said.

The BJP had in its election manifesto promised that farmers will earn profit on the MSP. The government must announce MSP on crops such as cumin, coriander and isabgol, he demanded.

The former Union minister also attacked the BJP leaders in the Union cabinet saying that those who protested against rising fuel prices when the UPA was in power, have now maintained a studied silence.

Pilot also questioned the logic of people paying the same price for fuel, at a time when the international crude oil prices have come down from USD 145 per barrel during the UPA regime, to USD 50-55 per barrel now.

The wrong economic policies, including demonetisation and hasty implementation of GST has adversely affected the agriculture sector, he said.

On a query about factionalism within the state Congress, Pilot said: “All party leaders are united and we have resolved to free Rajasthan from BJP rule in December 2018.”

Continuing with its protest against the rising fuel prices, the state Congress will hold demonstrations at district headquarters on September 28, he said.

Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi said poor farmers across the state are committing suicide but the government is yet to take any action. “This is an anti-farmer government,” he said.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 19:13 IST