Other States

Varun Gandhi posts video of U.P. man setting fire to crop, seeks agriulture policy rethink

BJP MP Varun Gandhi shared the video of the man on Twitter. File   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi on Saturday shared a video clip purportedly showing a man setting fire to a heap of paddy crop after his vain efforts to sell it, and sought a rethink of the agriculture policy.

"It is a failure of all in the nation if we cannot protect those who feed us," he said.

Also read: In apparent message to the government, Varun Gandhi shares clip of Vajpayee's speech in support of farmers

Mr. Gandhi shared the video of the man on Twitter.

"Samodh Singh, a farmer of Uttar Pradesh, had been running around mandis for the last 15 days to sell his paddy crop. When paddy did not sell, he in frustration put fire to it himself. Where has this system brought the farmers? The need of the hour is to rethink our agriculture policy," he said in his Tweet in Hindi.

 

"There is no greater punishment that a farmer can inflict upon himself than setting fire to his own crops. We must all introspect as to why the system has pushed them to the edge for no fault of their own. It is a failure of all in the nation if we cannot protect those who feed us," Mr. Gandhi added.

Without making a direct attack, the BJP leader has been critical of the government's handling of agri issues of late and has also sympathised with the farmers protesting against the three farm laws.


Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Dec 3, 2021 10:28:44 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/varun-gandhi-posts-video-of-up-man-setting-fire-to-crop-seeks-agriulture-policy-rethink/article37138389.ece

Next Story