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Rajasthan: Former BJP leader Rampal Jat to go on hunger strike over farmer welfare

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to start a state-wide farmer movement from Tuesday. Spearheading the campaign will be former BJP leader Rampal Jat. The announcement was made by senior AAP leader and Rajysabha MP Sanjay Singh, during a media briefing in Delhi. 

“Our senior leader Rampal Jat will be on indefinite hunger strike from October 23 if the government delays purchase of farmer produce and denies to compensate their losses,” Singh said to media. 

The issue of farmer welfare has been a priority of the political parties as assembly elections draw close. Each of the party claims itself to be the well-wisher of farmers and have been making tall promises as farmers continue to struggle for due return for produce.

As other parties use their farmer leaders to convince upon the voters,  AAP is hopping to make penetration among the farmer voters of Rajasthan with help of Rampal Jat, who also is national president of a farmer body ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’.After decades of association with RSS affiliatedBhartiya Kisan Sangh and BJP, Jat has recently joined AAP and has been appointed as chairman of the manifesto committee.

“Our final manifesto will include relevant suggestions received on the released draft, to have a farmer head the task we ensure that interests of the farmers in manifesto, “ said a senior AAP leader at Rajasthan.  The farmer movement was previously proposed by the Kisan Mahapanchayat before Jat officially joined AAP last week. However, as he is now a member of AAP, the farmer body too will be supporting the movement under the parties banner. 

AAP assuring betterment of farmers held the BJP and Congress governments responsible for the difficulties faced by the agrarian community. The alleged that under the present BJP government at state farmer were denied of due compensation despite paying for the insurance.

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