In a scathing attack on the BJP Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said the party was triggering violence in Coastal Districts of the state in a "conspiracy" attempting to come back to power after 2018 Assembly elections.
He went on to add that CM Yogi Adityanath had also reached out to the Union government and asked Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh to ask other states to procure potato from UP.
Drawing a parallel between Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, Yogi hinted that the issue of Hanuman Jayanthi which had become controversial a few months ago after the Congress government banned a procession in Hunsur in Mysuru, may play a dominant role during the Assembly elections here.
Surprisingly, neither the Lucknow Police nor the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) had any information about who littered the potatoes in a high-security zone areas of Viddhan Sabha Marg and CM residence. During the tenure of the previous NDA government, the state had got the Bengaluru International Airport and the Metro project and now, it had the Smart City project. "It is the handiwork of the Opposition to provoke potato farmers and defame the BJP government", charged the minister. "Who will pay for the cold storage charges?" questioned Singh. "What else do we do when our pleas have fallen on deaf ears", asked a farmer. They were peeved with the government for fixing Rs 487 as the minimum support price for a quintal of potato, and not Rs 1,000 as they had demanded.
Keeping the tirade going against the Congress government, Yogi said law and order had completely collapsed here.
But the step taken by the government did not end the growers' woes as the MSP was much below the price of Rs 10 per kilo they expected and the government purchase was not enough to help them recover their cost price. "In such a situation farmers are forced to dump their produce on roads".