Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday cautioned miscreants that police would not be lenient from Friday onwards if farmers’ produce including vegetables and milk are destroyed. Stating there was no shortage of vegetables, milk in the city, Fadnavis has expressed willingness to hold talks with agitating farmers
Addressing a press conference after the state level bankers’ committee (SLBC) meeting, Chief Minister Fadnavis said that the strike is holding farmers ransom and would result in losses to the farmers. Stating that government was positive on all the issues raised by farmers, Fadnavis said the strike generally is voluntarily staged but that this strike is politically motivated.
He said that true farmer leaders would neither try to cut supply of vegetables and milk and prevent vegetable and milk trucks nor would they resort to stone pelting.
Fadnavis pointed out that the strike is aimed at blocking the vegetables and milk supply of Mumbai city with the strike seen more in Nashik, Ahmednagar and parts of Pune district for obvious reasons.
He said that there are efforts to paint the picture of farmers and police being at loggerheads leading to conflicts and violence but the government has directed the police to be lenient when they deal with farmers. Fadnavis in the same breath made it clear that even though on day 1, the government is being lenient, it is not averse to filing cases if milk is wasted and vegetable trucks are destroyed or prevented from entering the cities.
Stating that there was no shortage of vegetables and milk in Mumbai at present, Chief Minister Fadnavis said that the government would find out the solution by the way of discussions with the agitating farmers.