Fadnavis likely to meet Anna Hazare ahead of his hunger strike over farm laws

Amid the on-going farmers’ protest over the new farm laws and the social crusader Anna Hazare’s threat to go on an indefinite hunger strike in support of protesting farmers, the former chief minister and the senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis is likely to meet social activist Anna Hazare today to discuss the three contentious farm laws. The meeting would come in view of Hazare’s threat to go on an indefinite hunger strike in support of the ongoing farmers’ protest in Delhi border.

It was said that BJP leadership is wary of the impact he can make with his stage-in and has sent a delegation led by senior party leader Fadnavis to show the positive aspects of the farm laws to Anna Hazare.

Hazare made a firm announcement and stated that he would be going on an indefinite hunger strike from the 30th of January. This will be done in order to support the farmers who are protesting against the new farm laws passed by the Centre.

Anna will go on hunger strike at his native village Ralegan-Siddhi in Maharashtra. He also said that it would be his last protest. Earlier Anna Hazare had observed a fast on December 8 in support of the Bharat Bandh called by farmer organisations.

The ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 57th day today. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The protest started on November 26. The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system.

On Fadnavis’s visit at Ralegaon-Siddhi, Hazare said, “They have given me written assurances three times and failed to fulfil the promises. What is the point of verbal communication when they can’t even keep the written promises?”

The veteran Gandhian said that he has asked Fadnavis not to come to meet him and even if he comes here, he will not talk to Fadnavis. Back in December, Hazare had announced he will go on a hunger strike from January 30 supporting farmers’ demands to repeal the three farm laws.

Talking to media persons, Hazare said, “The government is just giving empty promises due to which I do not have any trust left (in the government)… Let’s see, what action the Centre takes on my demands.”

According to Hazare, the union government has sought time for a month and he has given them time till January end. “If my demands are not met, I will resume my hunger strike protest. This would be my last protest,” veteran Gandhian asserted.