A day before BJP national president Amit Shah addresses a farmer’s meeting in Surat, the Gujarat Khedut Samaj Saturday put forth a list of issues, seeking clarity on land acquisition for various projects, like the bullet train, and water shortage. BJP national president Amit Shah, along with Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and state BJP president Vijay Rupani will address a huge farmers’ meeting at Kadodara in Surat district on Sunday afternoon.
The meeting is part of the BJP strategy to win back the farmers who seemed to have been drawn away from it in the local elections last year.
The BJP leaders and workers had been given responsibility to bring large number of people in the farmers meeting. Shah will later share the stage with CM Anandiben Patel in Ahmedabad at the inauguration of the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation bus station in Ranip area of Ahmedabad.
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The Surat police and intelligence branch officials are also on their toes to keep a watch on the activities of the Gujarat Khedut Samaj and Patidar Patel leaders or Tiger Bhilistan Party. Strict security arrangements have been made on the route to Kadodara. The local police and intelligence branch officials have been given the task to get information on the people behind probable protest and its location.
On Saturday, the farmers’ body had circulated a four-page letter among the farmers and BJP leaders, demanding that the government answer the issues faced by the farmers of Gujarat.
Gujarat Khedut Samaj acting president Jayesh Patel said, “The BJP leaders remained away from the farmers since long and keeping in mind the results of the last local body elections in rural areas, they have now come to convince the farmers to bring them back to the party. We are not opposing the farmers’ meeting of the BJP leaders at Kadodara, but we want that the BJP leaders and government should give answers related to the number of problems farmers are facing, like lack of proper compensation.
The state government had announced minimum support price (MSP) of 1 quintal of cotton was Rs 810, but the production cost of cotton is Rs 1,000. When Narendra Modi was CM, he had told farmers at a rally that they should get Rs 1,500 per one quintal of cotton. We want to know when will the state government form its agricultural policies.”
Surat District Superintendent of police Mayur Chavda said, “We have laid strict security arrangements on the route and at the event venue and our staffers are deployed at various places on the route.”