A group of workers from the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna (SSS) today showed black flags to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis at Sangli to protest against the state’s indifference towards farmers’ miseries. The incident took place when Fadnavis visited Sangli to inaugurate the newly built Collector office in Vishrambag area.
According to Deepali Kale, DYSP, Sangli Police, four SSS men were detained for waving black flags while the CM was making an exit with SSS leader and Minister of State for Agriculture Sadhabhau Khot.
The SSS in the recent past has been at loggerheads with the BJP over its loan waiver demand and Tur crisis in the state. SSS spokesperson Yogesh Pandey alleged that despite waving off loan for farmers was their primary demand, the government didn’t address the issue in the recent budget session.
“Despite the government being aware of the plentiful production of Tur, it failed to make necessary arrangements for speedy procurement. As a result, the farmers were forced to sell it at a much lower price than what the government had actually fixed (at Rs 5,050 per quintal),” he said.
Fadnavis last week too was shown black flags by few Youth Congress activists during his visit to Osmanabad district Maharashtra over state BJP president Raosaheb Danve’s controversial remarks against Tur cultivators.