Karnataka Assembly elections 2018: Yogi, Siddaramaiah engage in Twitter war

Aaron Brown
January 8, 2018

UP had seen a record production of 155-160 lakh metric tonne potatoes during 2016-17 and the state government after a cabinet meeting in April previous year, had made a decision to buy the produce at a rate of Rs 487 per quintal. He issued directions to start procurement immediately and said, "if needed, the state government will increase the minimum support price (MSP) of potato to help the farmers". The development sent the district administration and security officials in a tizzy as the act was carried out in high-security zones. "If Siddaramaiah is a Hindu and talks of Hindutva, he shouldn't allow cow slaughter", he said, challenging the Chief Minister to prove his Hindu credentials.

Later, the police used their resources to mop up streets and lodged an FIR against unidentified persons for littering main thoroughfares.

However, Uttar Pradesh Waqf and Haj Minister Mohsin Raza defended the move and said the opposition parties are diverting attention from real issues.

"Like Uttar Pradesh is the birthplace of Lord Rama, Karnataka is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman".

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Potato growers held many protests in Agra in December, 2017, the biggest potato mandi, dumping their produce on the streets after failing to get the right price.

"For the overall development of the State it is crucial to have governments with the same ideology and party at both the Centre and the State, which is also why people must elect BJP", he added.

"Also, the support price of Rs 487 per quintal is not adequate. Who will pay for the cold storage charges?" questioned Singh. They have not taken into account the money paid by farmers to store their produce in the cold storages. "What else do we do when our pleas have fallen on deaf ears", asked a farmer. During the crop season 2016-17 the total area sown was 6.14 Lakh hectares and the estimated production was 1.56 crore MT.

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