The protests are under Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh (RKM) which is an organization of 130 farmers. The protests are to push for a minimum support price against vegetable prices, which was promised but still not delivered by the government.
They are also demanding a loan waiver for farmers across with a permanent minimum income from the country.
Supplies of vegetables and dairy will be suspended for these 10 days along with stages called dharnas set up in 30 major highways in the country. Farmers have promised to keep the roads accessible.
The protest will affect- Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.
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Protests turned ugly in Maharashtra, with tomatoes being thrown in a toll plaza at a highway near the major agricultural city of Nasik.
Some farmers realize the need to survive and have not joined in the protest.
Another reason for the strike may just be to mark the anniversary of killings of farmers in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh where five farmers were killed in police fire during protests on June 6th last year.
“We don’t want any violence during the 10-day protest. We will suspend supplies and stay indoors,” said a farmer from Mansaur.
Mandsaur district administration has made certain arrangements to protect the strikes and ensure a repetition is not done in terms of violence. Signatures have been collected to ensure that farmers don’t indulge in violence due to anger in the village of Mansaur.
BJP’s Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh commented on the issue-
“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state is working for the welfare of farmers and it has taken several big decisions in their interest.”
BJP is seen to play the blame game and passing it on to Congress.
As a result of the strikes, vegetable prices are seen to be spiking!