The protesters are demanding compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre for loss to their cotton crop and minimum support prices (MSP) of Rs 4,500 and Rs 5,000 per quintal for ‘1509’ and ‘1121’ varieties of Basmati respectively
In his suicide note, Kuldeep has blamed the Punjab government, accusing it of not paying heed to farmer woes. He mentions crop loss and a loan had made him depressed, due to which he took the extreme step.
The unions claimed that Mandar, from Killianwali village in Muktsar, was depressed after his cotton crop, which he had grown on 2 acres of land he had taken on contract, was damaged by the white fly attack.
Details regarding expenditure of a Rs 8-crore loan, sanctioned for the Sangrur municipal council by the city improvement trust, has now pitted the BJP against its ally in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).