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Sinha continues sit-in; discusses Maha farmers' issues with CM Fadnavis

Sinha had said the government does not appear serious about solving the problems being faced by agriculturists

Press Trust of India  |  Akola 

BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha speaks at the release of Congress leader & former union minister Manish Tewari's book
BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha

veteran Yashwant Sinha, who was detained here on Monday while leading a protest by farmers, on Wednesday continued his sit-in in support of demands raised by cultivators of Maharashtra's region even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis spoke to him over the phone.

The former Union minister, who has had frequent run-ins with the current leadership, was detained on Monday evening while protesting outside the district collector's office against the state government's "apathy" towards the of

He was taken to the district police headquarters and later released. However, the 80-year-old leader refused to leave and sat on a dharna at the police ground and said he would not budge from the venue till all demands raised by are

Sinha had said the does not appear serious about solving the problems being faced by agriculturists.

"Fadnavis and Sinha spoke over phone this morning and discussed demands," an official told PTI.

Yesterday Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had spoken to the veteran over phone and discussed farmers' issues.

The district administration claimed that a majority of the demands, including include compensation to cotton farmers for losses incurred due to pink bollworm infestation, action against companies manufacturing "bogus" bio-technologically modified seeds and 100 per cent payout for crop losses to moong, udad and soyabean farmers, have been accepted.

The farmers are also demanding that bank officials and administration execute loan waivers by personally visiting gram panchayats.

The other demands are uninterrupted power supply to agricultural pump sets, removal of "unjust" conditions from the gold mortgage waiver scheme of the for farmers, and purchase of all farm produce at MSP by NAFED (Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India).

"Except for the last one (related to MSP), which is a call to be taken by the Central government, we have accepted all six demands and have requested the protesters, led by Sinha to call off their stir," Collector Astik Kumar Pandey had said yesterday.

Sinha said the "excuse" about NAFED purchase is not valid as the BJP-ruled states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have been procuring farm produce through their own systems.

"Why can't the (led by the BJP) then do it?" the former Union finance minister asked.

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 16:29 IST