Expressing dissent towards the ruling government, 179 farmers have given a nomination to contest from Nizamad constituency polls. For them, it is a mark of protest, alleging that the ruling Telangana Samithi (TRS) had failed to ensure Minimum Support Price for turmeric and red jowar (sorghum) produce and in getting the Turmeric Board established in Nizamabad.
K Kavitha, daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, is the sitting MP from the constituency. On the candidature of 179 farmers, she responded, “Let them be in the fray, I have full faith in my farmers.”
Now as the polling date nears, the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency is in the spotlight as it has the highest number of candidates — 185 — contesting, 179 of them being distressed farmers who have kept political parties on tenterhooks and the Election Commission (EC) on its toes to arrange for jumbo EVMs.
“Few months before the assembly polls in December 2018, the TRS government had procured red jowar at Rs 2,300 per quintal. However, after coming to power, it stopped the procurement”, says Srinivas, contesting farmer. “No party have concern over us”, he added.
A group of farmers under the leadership of Ayyakkaanu is also contesting from Varanasi contenting the anti-farmer policies of Narendra Modi.
The Election Commission is making elaborate arrangements to conduct the poll on April 11 (when Telangana goes to polls) in view of the high number of candidates in the fray.