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Rytanga Samakhya to stage protest in Delhi

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Crisis caused by glut in paddy market to be highlighted


Samakhya members to storm Paliament with like-minded political groups and peasant bodies

No alternative for ryots to declaring crop holiday, says samakhya leader


ELURU: The Andhra Pradesh Rytanga Samakhya is planning to stage a protest in Delhi during the winter session of Parliament in a bid to highlight the crisis in agriculture in the State in the light of announcement of crop holiday by farmers in the Godavari delta region, according to the samakhya president Yerneni Nagendranath.

Speaking at a meeting of paddy growers here on Wednesday, he said the samakhya would storm Parliament in association with like-minded political groups and the peasant organisations on the issue.

He squarely blamed the Centre for the crisis caused by the glut in the paddy market.

The government's reluctance to allow export of paddy in the name of maintaining food security had resulted in the glut.

In this backdrop, the farmers were left with no option but to declare crop holiday in the Godavari delta regions falling under West and East Godavari districts.

“People's court”

Maganti Sitarama Swamy, another senior leader from the rytanka samakhya, proposed to hold a “people's court” to be presided by a couple of retired high court judges to deliver `judgment' on the performance of the State and the Central governments with respect to the welfare of farmers.

After `hearing' from the aggrieved farmers, the judges would `disqualify' the governments from ruling the country as was done by the Speakers of the Assembly and Parliament in the case of the members who violated the whip of their parties, Mr. Swamy said. His statement met with strong disapproval from his colleague M.V.S. Nagi Reddy, also the director of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Mr. Reddy observed that the proposal of Mr. Sitarama Swamy was not in match with the strength of the farmers who were not vocal in deciding the course of Indian politics for a variety of reasons.

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