Yogi and Siddaramaiah spar on Twitter

Yogi and Siddaramaiah spar on Twitter

Kerry Wise
January 8, 2018

Tonnes of potatoes were found dumped on roads leading to upscale locations in Lucknow on Saturday morning.

Yogi Adityanath being garlanded at the rally in Bangalore on Sunday.

In order to accelerate development in Karnataka, the state needs to have the BJP in power while the party is ruling the country, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said at a BJP rally here on Sunday.

On Twitter, Yogi Adityanath didn't let the swipe pass without a comeback. Its incorrect to say that it was potato that was thrown on the streets. "Who will pay for the cold storage charges?" questioned Singh.

The minister maintained, "For the first time in the history of the state, the government has taken a slew of measures to help farmers particularly potato growers".

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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 previous year, had made a decision to buy the produce at a rate of Rs 487 per quintal.

Presently, the farmers are getting Rs 4 per kg but they demand a minimum price of Rs 10 per kg for their potato produce. Earlier, riots used to take place in UP but after the BJP took over, the government has not allowed any riot to happen, he said. "Today's (Saturday) protest was to wake up the government or else we will be forced to launch a statewide stir", warned Ayodhya Prasad, another farmer.

The performance of the BJP-led NDA alliance at the Centre onpoverty alleviation and job creation is poor, he said, adding thatthe State's BJP leaders were under an "illusion" that they can coaston the so-called popularity of Mr. Modi and come to power here.

News18 quoted a farmer leader, Harnam Singh as saying: "The government might have announced a basic MSP but the procurement is next to nil". The total capacity of 1,825 cold storages in private and cooperative sector is 1.42 crore MT and 1.20 crore MT was stored in the cold storages.