Continuing to extend his support to farmers, former Union finance minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and former Union agriculture minister Sompal Shastri on Friday sat on a dharna in Narsinghpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The two leaders spoke against acquisition of fertile land for a thermal power plant in Gadarwara of Narsinghpur district.
They were accompanied by Shivkumar Sharma of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh and several farmer leaders of the region. The two leaders accused the state government and Union government of going back on the promises made to farmers during the polls.
Sinha said, “I am away from electoral politics, but will continue to oppose Modi government for his anti-farmers policy. The way FDI is being implemented won't be good for poor people.’’
Shastri criticised the government’s claim on GDP and said the government is cheating common people.
The duo presented a memorandum to district collector, demanding full price to sugarcane farmers and compensation to peasants who lost their land to NTPC thermal power plant.
Former BJP MLA Girijashankar Sharma, leader of Vichar Madhya Pradesh Sanjeev Chandorkar and Vinayak Parihar accompanied the two former ministers.
Parihar said, “The farmers of state are undergoing the worst period in last one decade due to poor policies of government. The prices of produce is hitting rock bottom, making farmers to beg’’.