Protesters in front of the residence of MP BJP Aseem Goel | Photo credit: ANI
- Farmers gathered in front of the Haryana CM ML Khattar residence in Karnal
- The commotion turns violent, says Anil Vij
- Farmer leaders should be patient during the turmoil, he added.
New Delhi: Farmers gathered outside the residence of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Karnal today after the purchase of paddy was delayed until October 10.
Protesters smashed barricades and to disperse them, the police had to use water cannons. Farmers also gathered outside the residence of MP BJP Aseem Goel.
Reacting to this, Haryana Interior Minister Anil Vij said on Saturday that the farmers’ unrest was getting violent day by day.
Farmers are angry that the central government has postponed the purchase of paddy in Punjab and Haryana. The paddy supply was due to start from October 1 from Punjab and Haryana to October 11.
“Violent movement in Mahatma Gandhi’s country will not be allowed. Farmer leaders need to be patient during the turmoil, ”Vij said in a tweet.
The Union government has declared that it is in “the general interest of farmers and consumers also due to the untimely rains that the maturity of paddy grains is delayed”.
Both states have witnessed widespread protests over the delay in procurement.
A day earlier, even the Chief Minister of Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi, arrived in New Delhi and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to reconsider the decision to postpone the paddy purchase for 10 days.
In protest, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Chairman Sukhbir Badal brought a cart full of paddy to the headquarters of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to have the moisture content of the food grains checked.
Speaking to the media, Badal said delaying the purchase of paddy would spell the end of the state’s economy.
“The farmers had planned ahead and started harvesting their harvest a few days ago. Paddy had also achieved ‘mandis’ in the state. The postponement of the supply will not only lead to harassment of farmers, but also jeopardize the rice harvest if bad weather occurs, ”he said, citing IANS.
Yesterday, the Haryana police had to use water cannons to disperse the farmers who had gathered in Jhajjar and Ambala to oppose the events of the BJP and JJP leaders.
In Jhajjar, protesters barricaded themselves and tried to enter the place where Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala was attending a program.