Staff Correspondent

Raitha sangha accuses Yeddyurappa of going back on his promise

The sangha will launch an agitation on Tuesday

‘The Chief Minister has not announced any policy’

HASSAN: Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha will not attend the meeting convened by Chief Minister in Bangalore on October 6 to discuss problems of farmers and instead they would begin agitation that would start in Mandya on October 7 and later it would be extended to other districts, said KRRS working president Kodihalli Chandrasekhar. On January 3, over one lakh farmers would lay siege to the Vidhana Soudha, he said.

Mr. Chandrasekhar told presspersons here on Saturday that when farmers resorted to indefinite dharna before the Vidhana Soudha on August 3, the Chief Minister, who was on his way to Chattisgrah to sign power agreement, met them at 6.30 a.m. and assured them that he would redress their grievances within one week. They were demanding compensation for potato and sugarcane crop loss.

Mr. Chandrasekhar said Mr. Yeddyurappa took oath as Chief Minister in the name of god and farmers but never worked for the welfare of farmers.

Potato was a commercial crop in Hassan district and the grower had to invest a huge amount to cultivate the crop.

With the crop loss, farmers might find it difficult to take up cultivation of potato again.

Mr. Chandrasekhar said the Chief Minister was not announcing any policy in providing compensation to potato crop loss.

While the loss was more than Rs. 400 crore as potato in one lakh acres of land was lost, the compensation released under Natural Calamity Relief Fund was Rs. 800 an acre.

Without announcing any policy, Chief Minister was asking the Centre to announce a package.

Mr. Chandrasekhar said the Chief Minister had time to invite Ratan Tata to Karnataka to discuss the location for Nano car project but had no time to hear the grievances of farmers.