Haj House in Lucknow Painted Saffron by Yogi Adityanath Government

Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's no-holds barred attack on the Congress government at a big rally in Bengaluru on Sunday drew a sharp jibe from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who told the "visiting dignitary" to pick up tips during his stay to check starvation deaths back home in Uttar Pradesh.

Notably, after coming to power in the state, the Yogi Adityanath government made a decision to fix a minimum support price for potato at Rs 487 per quintal in a bid to encourage the potato growers.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday engaged in a war of words on Twitter, hours after Adityanath entered Bengaluru with a massive rally in the poll-bound state.

Meerut: Farmers protesting to get an adequate price for their produce, dumped quintals of rotten potatoes on the road leading to CM Adityanath's residence in Lucknow. "It is the handiwork of the Opposition to provoke potato farmers and defame the BJP government", charged the minister.

"Like Uttar Pradesh is the birthplace of Lord Rama, Karnataka is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman". They were peeved with the government for fixing Rs 487 as the minimum support price for a quintal of potato, and not Rs 1,000 as they had demanded.

Agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi dismised the farmers allegations saying, "The state government was committed to the welfare of farmers, especially potato growers. Who will pay for the cold storage charges?" questioned Singh. "We have dumped several lakh metric tons of our produce in the cold storages as the procurement is yet to start and farmers are getting a price of below Rs 4 in mandis".

The police and the district administration were caught off guard and the development sent the officials in a tizzy since the dumping of potatoes was carried out on Friday night. The MSP does not support our total production cost. "What else do we do when our pleas have fallen on deaf ears", asked a farmer.


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