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Guj Cong leaders detained during party's stir over farm

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Several leaders and workers were today detained as they protested across the state against what the party claimed was the BJP government's failure to address the issues of farmers.

As part of the protest, workers threw vegetables and poured milk on the roads.

They also blocked several roads, including national and state highways, by burning tyres.

Today was the third day of the protest and it included tractor rallies as well as a "jail bharo andolan".

While state was detained along with party workers at Asodar in district, police detained of Opposition in the Assembly, Paresh Dhanani, at Vadia village in district.

Vijay Rupani, however, termed it as a "Congress only" protest and claimed that farmers in the state had lent no support to the opposition party's three-day programme.

The three-day agitation started on Friday.

"Speaking up for farmers and raising the voice against the anti-farmer and anti-people policies of the government is a crime in the eyes of government. Was arrested (sic) by the police (at) Aasodar, for seeking #JusticeForFarmers and debt waiver for farmers in Gujarat," Chavda tweeted.

Talking to reporters, he said "Congress supports the demands of farmers. The BJP government has failed to fulfil promises made to farmers, and we are committed to ensuring that farmers get their due. The policies adopted by the BJP government are anti-farmer."

CM Rupani said, "The programme being held since the last three days is a Congress one. Nobody other than the Congress is supporting it. It is just to instigate people."

"All I would like to tell the Congress is that, instead of throwing milk in Gujarat, you should go to Congress-ruled states like and where farmers get a lower price for milk when compared to Gujarat," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 19:30 IST