50 turmeric farmers from Telangana arrive in Varanasi to file nominations, contest against Narendra Modi

A group of 50 turmeric farmers from Telangana's Nizamabad arrived in Varanasi on Saturday to file their nomination as independent candidates to contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Asian News International April 28, 2019 14:05:18 IST
50 turmeric farmers from Telangana arrive in Varanasi to file nominations, contest against Narendra Modi
  • They alleged that their problems were not addressed under both the ruling BJP government and UPA government.

  • The farmers denied campaigning against Narendra Modi or other candidates.

  • Turmeric farmers across the country are facing hardships due to famine conditions and lack of MSP for the past three to four years.

Varanasi: A group of 50 turmeric farmers from Telangana's Nizamabad arrived in Varanasi on Saturday to file their nomination as independent candidates to contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

"We are not opposing anyone. We just want to highlight our problems and demand creation of a turmeric board and Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 15,000 per quintal for turmeric," a spokesperson for the farmers said.

50 turmeric farmers from Telangana arrive in Varanasi to file nominations contest against Narendra Modi

Fifty turmeric farmers from Telangana arrive in Varanasi to file nominations, contest against Narendra Modi. ANI

Alleging that their problems were not addressed under both the ruling BJP government and UPA government, a farmer said: "This was not solved during UPA's tenure. Prime Minister Narendra Modi did the same. We are not against him or campaigning against anyone."

Turmeric farmers across the country are facing hardships due to famine conditions and lack of MSP for the last three to four years. This year, turmeric prices have fallen to Rs 3,200 per quintal from Rs 5,200 per quintal.

On 26 April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed his nomination from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. Modi is contesting against Congress' Ajai Rai and Samajwadi Party leader Shalini Yadav. This will be the second time Modi and Rai will battle from Varanasi seat.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Modi won from Varanasi by a margin of 3.37 lakh votes. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Rai were among the candidates from the seat. While Kejriwal came in the second place, Rai stood third in the vote tally.

Varanasi will go to polls on 19 May in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The counting of votes will take place on 23 May.

Updated Date:

also read

Explained: What is MSP and how prices for Kharif crops changed in last 10 years
India

Explained: What is MSP and how prices for Kharif crops changed in last 10 years

Between 2011 and 2021, the MSPs of millets like ragi, jowar and bajra have grown the most, with that of ragi having more than tripled in the last 10 years

Tokyo Olympics 2020: PM Narendra Modi reviews India’s preparations, says vaccination of athletes a priority
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: PM Narendra Modi reviews India’s preparations, says vaccination of athletes a priority

PM Modi was briefed that a total of 100 athletes have qualified for Tokyo Olympics across 11 sports disciplines and about 25 more athletes are likely to qualify, the PMO statement said.

How Aspirational Districts Programme became a people's movement to foster development
India

How Aspirational Districts Programme became a people's movement to foster development

The resounding success of the Aspirational Districts Programme is a testament to the efforts of the national, state and district level administrations