CHANDIGARH:The AAP will launch ‘Jai Kisan Abhiyan’ in Haryana from February 21 in support of farmers, to address the anti-people decisions of both the Centre and Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP Government in Haryana, and also handover salt packets to all the MPs to remind them of their responsibilities.
Senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday said, “Jai Kisan Abhiyan would be launched across the state from February 21. During the campaign, all MPs will be given salt packet as a reminder of their promises made to farmers before the Lok Sabha elections and their responsibility towards the people. Party workers will give representations in this regard to the district authorities.”
Yadav said that the AAP would stage a demonstration in Gurgaon on February 21, followed by another one in Karnal the following day and at other places in the next couple of days.
As for the protest action, that has been planned ahead of the Budget Session of the Lok Sabha, he said the salt bag would be first presented to Gurgaon MP and Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh.
He alleged that the BJP Governments, both in Haryana and at the Centre, had ‘betrayed’ the farmers.
“They have been adversely hit by the anti-people decisions of the Centre and Haryana government and have had to suffer owing to the slash in urea imports by the Centre. Urea import has dropped from nearly 43.82 lakh tonnes in June-October 2013 to just 17.37 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period in 2014,” he said.
He demanded a judicial probe into reasons that resulted in the shortage of urea. He alleged that the farmers were not getting the promised minimum support price for their produce, despite the BJP’s pre-poll promise to give farmers 50 per cent more on crop produce.
He said that changes brought about in the Land Acquisition Bill through an Ordinance and lowering of acquisition rates by the Haryana government, through a notification issued on November 4, had adversely impacted the farmers.