Over 5,000 farmers today submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Narendra Modi demanding cancellation of permission given to Nirma Ltd for setting up a cement plant in Bhavnagar district.

Nirma Ltd is building up a cement plant with capacity of 1.91 million tonnes per annum, along with its captive power and coke oven plant, near Padhiarka village in Mahuva taluka of Bhavnagar district.

Farmers, from villages in the vicinity of the upcoming project, under BJP MLA Dr Kanubhai Kalsariya, took out a rally on March 3 that reached Ahmedabad yesterday, in protest against the Nirma plant.

Mr. Kalsariya, who has gone against the party line in protesting against the project, said he was not “satisfied” with talks with Chief Minister who “refused” to give any “commitment” to the farmers who had walked over 350 km from Dholiya village in Mahuva to Gandhinagar in a bid to save their agriculture land.

“Mr. Modi said that the matter was in court and whatever it decides, the government would abide by it. He did not give any commitment to farmers,” said Mr. Kalsariya while addressing media persons after meeting the CM in his office in assembly building.

This is not only the question of farmers of Mahuva. Voice of farmers across Gujarat was being suppressed and their land was being given to the industries without consulting them, he said.

The Mahuva MLA said that the agitation against the government policy of “promoting” industries would continue and the farmers would take it to other parts of the State.