Govt should enact law to protect farmers: Abasaheb Patil

UNI
Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Citing example of a farmer Dharma Patil who had consumed poison in front of Mantralaya and died recently at a hospital in Mumbai, the Kranti Morcha leader blamed opposition leaders for their hypocrisy towards farmers' cause and said the leaders were just making allegations against each other but doing nothing for the farmers.

Pune: Maharashtra Maratha Kranti Morcha Convener Abasaheb Patil on Tuesday said that considering the cases of farmers' suicide in the state where 14,500 farmers have lost their lives by committing suicide during there last three years, the state government should enact a law to protect the cause of farmers.

Talking to UNI, he said immediately all party should seat together in the state assembly and pass a resolution with the single opinion to make a law for protecting the state farmers.

Citing example of a farmer Dharma Patil who had consumed poison in front of Mantralaya and died recently at a hospital in Mumbai, the Kranti Morcha leader blamed opposition leaders for their hypocrisy towards farmers' cause and said the leaders were just making allegations against each other but doing nothing for the farmers.

"Why opposition leaders did not make their voice strong in the House when Dharma Patil died?", he questioned.

''The lands of farmers are being acquired in the name of the development like Metro project, Samruddhi Mahamarg, but state ministers never think about the small farmers which will ultimately force them to suicide,'' he alleged.

''Farmers of state do not need development project where the entire family will be finished. They just need water and electricity for their farming activities,'' he said.

If laws to protect farmers were enacted, then no one could sell or buy the land of farmers without their consent, he claimed.

More than 50,000 acres of farmers' land in Maharashtra were going in projects like Samruddhi Mahamarg and other development project but it was shameful that no one was raising the issue in the assembly, the leader opined.

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