INLD to boycott civic polls: Abhay Chautala
Eastern Times: December 14, 2020, New Delhi: With over 15 days of growing protest by farmers against the three new farm laws passed by the Centre, the Indian National Lok Dal led by Abhay Chautala on Monday announced the Haryana party will “boycott” the upcoming municipal polls in the state in protest against the “atrocities” being committed on farmers by the Centre and the state’s BJP-JJP coalition governments. Elections to the municipal bodies in Haryana are scheduled for December 27.
BJP to organise meetings of farmers in MP
BJP will organise meetings of farmers in various divisions of Madhya Pradesh from Tuesday to dispel “misconceptions” being spread about the Centre’s three new farm laws, the state’s agriculture minister Kamal Patel said on Monday.
“We are going to organise meets of farmers of Bhopal and Ujjain divisions on Tuesday,” he told reporters in Ujjain. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state BJP chief V D Sharma will be addressing these gatherings to dispel the misunderstandings and “misconceptions being spread over the laws by the opposition”, Patel said.
Anna Hazare supports farmers, writes to agriculture minister
Activist Anna Hazare said on Monday threatened to be back on a hunger strike if demands such as autonomy to the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) and implementing the MSP recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission are not met with. In a letter to Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Hazare reminded the government of the promises made to him by Tomar’s predecessor Radha Mohan Singh in February 2019.
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Hazare had launched a hunger strike over issues such as the appointment of Lokpal and improving farmers’ income on January 29, 2019, that went on for eight days after which then Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi with a letter from Singh, promising that a high-level committee, would be set up to take up the issues, which would come out with a report on the matter by October 2019.