Apart from Narendra Modi’s candidature and Priyanka Gandhi’s speculated and then turned-out-to-be-wrong candidature, Varanasi constituency is again in news for a group of 50 farmers coming there from Nizamabad to file their nomination against the Prime Minister in Varanasi.
The 50 farmers who hail from several turmerics cultivating areas in Nizamabad district of Telangana left for Varanasi on Thursday by trains and buses. They will be filing nominations as independent candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The latest move is an initiative by the Telangana Turmeric Farmers’ Association, which said that all the farmers would be contesting as Independent Candidates and they’ve managed to gather support from their counterparts in Varanasi. 50 farmers from Tamil Nadu will also join them in Varanasi in the next two days and a total of 100 will file their nominations on April 29th. The farmers chose Varanasi for the contest to bring their 12-year-old demand for a turmeric board and remunerative prices for the item to focus.
Modi has completed his nomination formalities on Friday, along with a massive roadshow for the voters who chose him the last time. Hundreds of farmers from Nizamabad have been protesting for over five months, demanding a higher minimum support price (MSP) for turmeric and sorghum, which are widely grown in the entire region.
Recently 178 farmers had filed nominations and contested in the elections against Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s daughter Kavitha from Nizamabad in the ongoing Lok Sabha Polls. This move is speculated to be inspired by that. But, as News18 reports, the farmers who had contested against Kavitha denied any connection with the group planning to contest against PM Modi. Moreover, they claimed that these farmers are ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s sympathisers.
The last day for filing nominations from Varanasi is on April 29 as it goes to polls in the last phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on May 19.