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Opposition attacks Yogi as potatoes pave roads

Opposition attacks Yogi as potatoes pave roads

Setting the stage for a battle with the ruling Congress ahead of the Assembly polls, now barely four months away, the BJP's emerging mascot and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday trained his guns on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who had recently asserted that he too was a Hindu.

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 a year ago, had chose to buy the produce at a rate of Rs 487 per quintal. "It will help you address the starvation deaths sometimes reported from your state", Karnataka Chief Minister tweeted, welcoming Yogi Adityanath to the state with a barb.

Opposition attacks Yogi as potatoes pave roads
Opposition attacks Yogi as potatoes pave roads

SSP of Lucknow, Deepak Kumar said that the vehicles of farmers involved in dumping potatoes in these places have been identified and they would be acted upon.

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.

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

Agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi dismised the farmers allegations saying, "The state government was committed to the welfare of farmers, especially potato growers". While the district administration called it mischief, the Opposition cried hoarse, calling it a protest by potato growers.

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Shahi asserted that the entire stock of the previous crop of potato had already been taken out of cold storages and disposed in the market.

Presently, the farmers are getting Rs 4 per kg but they demand a minimum price of Rs 10 per kg for their potato produce. "What else do we do when our pleas have fallen on deaf ears", asked a farmer.

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Keeping the tirade going against the Congress government, Yogi said law and order had completely collapsed here. Also, the support price of Rs 487 per quintal is not enough.


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