On October 2, a large number of farmers attempted to enter the national capital from Uttar Pradesh to seek better prices and concessions, but were halted by police that fired water cannons and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the protesters.
The BJP has only given false promises and has betrayed farmers. The party has not fulfilled any of their promises, Patole, a farmer leader from Maharashtra's Vidharba region and a former BJP MP, said.
They will have to face another such agitation in January next year, as farmers across the country are unhappy, angry and agitated at this government's policies towards them. It has given the farmers nothing but false promises and betrayed them, he told PTI.
He claimed that anger among farmers was brewing and will come out in the form of a big agitation, as the government is not listening to their demands.
Patole said farmers feel harassed and cheated at the hands of this government.
The former BJP MP, who quit the ruling party to join the Congress a few months ago, claimed that farmers are agitated as more and more suicides are taking place.
He claimed that poor farmers are being caught in a web of farm loans and failure of crops, leading to a debt cycle, and there was no one to take care of them.
The Congress leader cautioned the government and said unless some serious efforts are made to bring the farmers out of the debt crisis, the anger of farmers will "blow up".
Citing the recent agitation on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, he said farmers vented out their anger and police had to resort to force to quell their agitation.
Patole called for early steps to address the farmers' grievances.
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