Varun Gandhi shares clip of UP farmer during crop; says 'need to rethink agriculture policy'
The video shows a man - likely the farmer - throwing kerosene on his crop and setting fire to it all despite attempts to stop him.
Varun Gandhi, a BJP MP, on Saturday, tweeted a video clip showing a man lighting fire to a stack of rice crops after futile attempts to sell it and called for a rethinking of agriculture policy. Gandhi posted the man's video on Twitter. The Pilibhit Lok Sabha MP posted a video of a farmer from Lakhimpur who stated he was compelled to destroy his paddy harvest since it had gone unsold for 15 days.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, Gandhi wrote: "Samodh Singh, a farmer of Uttar Pradesh, had been running around mandis for the last 15 days to sell his paddy crop. When paddy did not sell, he, in frustration put fire to it himself. Where has this system brought the farmers? The need of the hour is to rethink our agriculture policy." The video shows a man - likely the farmer - throwing kerosene on his crop and setting fire to it all despite attempts to stop him.
Without launching a direct assault, the BJP leader has recently been critical of the government's handling of agricultural matters and has shown sympathy for farmers demonstrating against the three farm legislation. On Thursday, he posted photographs of flooding in the state's Terai area and chastised the Yogi Adityanath administration.
Uttar Pradesh will elect a new Assembly and administration next year, with the BJP hoping to keep control of the politically crucial state ahead of federal elections in 2024.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Varun Gandhi had been dropped from the 80-member National Executive along with his mother Maneka Gandhi. He shared the new viral video of the car running over a group of farmers who were protesting in Lakhimpur Kheri. While sharing the video, he called for "accountability for the innocent blood of farmers" and said the farmers were "murdered".