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Lok Sabha elections 2019: After Nizamabad, farmers to file bulk nominations in PM Modi’s Varanasi seat

The Nizamabad parliamentary constituency is represented by Kalvakuntla Kavitha, daughter of Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 24, 2019 08:56 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
Nizamabad,Varanasi seat,PM Modi
At least 50 farmers in Telangana’s Nizamabad district are planning to file their nominations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi (Representative Image/AFP File Photo)

At least 50 farmers in Telangana’s Nizamabad district are planning to file their nominations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi to highlight their demand for a turmeric board to ensure higher crop price.

Apparently, the farmers have drawn inspiration from the April 11 election to the Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat for which 178 farmers contested to highlight their demand for a higher price for their turmeric and red jowar crops.

The Nizamabad parliamentary constituency is represented by Kalvakuntla Kavitha, daughter of Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Led by All India Turmeric Farmers’ Association, these farmers, including women and members of Scheduled Castes, from Armoor, Balkonda and Nizamabad areas will leave for Varanasi on April 25. They would be joined by 50 other turmeric farmers from Erode in Tamil Nadu, who are also planning to file nominations in Varanasi.

“The farmers will be filing the papers on April 29. We are mobilising the support of local farmers for the nominations. Each contestant requires the signatures of at least 10 locals,” the association’s president PK Deivasigamani said.

“We have also raised money from various donors for the election deposits of the contesting farmers,” he said.

The temple town of Varanasi is going to polls on May 19.

The farmers met in Nizamabad under the leadership of the association’s vice-president K Narasimha Naidu to discuss the strategy.

“We are not going to campaign against any party or leader in Varanasi. Our intention is only to highlight the plight of farmers,” a farmer said while speaking to local reporters.

Also read: Jumbo EVMs, not ballot papers, for Nizamabad seat with 185 contestants

Interestingly, none of the turmeric farmers who are filing their papers in Varanasi was a part of the farmers’ group that contested the Lok Sabha election in Nizamabad.

“No, we are not interested in Varanasi elections. We succeeded in highlighting the demand in the recent elections in Nizamabad. That is enough,” a farmer from Musku Saya Reddy said.

First Published: Apr 24, 2019 08:56 IST