Govt shouldn’t compel farmers to become Naxals: Hardik Patel

Farmers would never have to face bullets if those sitting in Bhopal and Delhi were true leaders, he said, referring to death of five protesters in police firing in Mandsaur during the agitation last month.

By: PTI | Mandsaur | Published:July 16, 2017 10:29 pm
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Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Sunday said the government shouldn’t “compel farmers to become Naxals”. Patel, who had crossed swords with the BJP government in Gujarat during the agitation for OBC quota, also said that he didn’t recognise Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country.

He was speaking at `Kisan Maha-panchayat’ organised by Patidar Samaj (a Patidar organisation) at Narayangarh in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, which had witnessed an intense farmers’ agitation last month.

When farm loans can be waived in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, why can’t it happen in Madhya Pradesh, he asked.

“This country is run by farmers. Don’t compel farmers to become Naxals,” Patel said.

Farmers would never have to face bullets if those sitting in Bhopal and Delhi were true leaders, he said, referring to death of five protesters in police firing in Mandsaur during the agitation last month.

“I don’t recognise Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country (Main Narendra Modi-ko desh-ka pradhan mantri nahi manta),” he said.

Farmers in MP have paved the way for a nationwide farmers’ agitation, Patel said.

Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Patidar Samaj president Mahendra Patidar told the gathering that the farmers’ agitation in the state was self-motivated.

He also demanded that the state government should restart procurement of opium poppy husk (which is cultivated in the area) or the farmers would sell the crop to anyone who wants to buy it.

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    Vishwas
    Jul 18, 2017 at 6:26 am
    HardiK Patel is the symptom of the times. Laugh at him , jeer at him, but you cannot ignore him or what he symbolises. With UPA we only had to content with some scams, but they managed the country well. Now we have scamsters ruling us, and it is natural that this will lead to phenomenon like Hardik Patel, anti Hindi agitations now spreading to Punjab, Bengal etc, strengthening of South Indian iden y, more unity among states to take on the center etc.
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    Shyamal Ganguly
    Jul 18, 2017 at 1:27 am
    When Stalin got the power, first thing was that he killed farmers 5 million of them. At least in India they are killing themselves because they cant sell what they produce - even if we have great economists like ex PM Monkey Singh and Amartya Sen.
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    Atheist
    Jul 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm
    HAHA....trying to get into politics i see.
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    Chandu Shah
    Jul 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm
    This is totally useless
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    ramu
    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:14 am
    Mindless or nonsense statement only one word he should wake up to reality dont allow himself to be used in somebody elses war to instigate farmers, backwards or minorities.
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