India’s MP compares protesters to mushroom that grows where dogs urinate

A farmer harvests rice in Kalasin province. Flooding and drought have hampered the 2019-20 growing season. Yongyuth Phuphuangphet. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEW DELHI, Dec 14, 2020, India Today. As the farmers’ protest completes nearly three weeks at the borders of Delhi against the Centre’s new farm laws, the farmers will observe a daylong hunger strike on Monday. The hunger strike from 8 am to 5 pm is part of the farmers’ plan to intensify their agitation from Monday, India Today reported.

Addressing a press conference at the Singhu border, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni said the leaders will observe the hunger strike at their respective places.

On the other hand, to make people aware of the recent farm laws brought by the Centre, the ruling BJP will organise farmers’ meets at various places in Uttar Pradesh.

These “kisan sammelan” will begin on Monday and continue till December 18.

Agriculture Minister in Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s government, Kamal Patel on Monday called farmers protesting against the Centre’s farm laws “kukurmutta”. He was referring to a mushroom that sprouts from the spot where a dog urinates.

Kamal Patel was addressing a press conference in Ujjain as part of the BJP’s outreach programme to sensitise farmers about the new farm laws.

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