Farmers across the nation continue to reinforce their protest, accusing the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of not keeping the promises it had made to farmers earlier.
"Farmers continue their protest in Ludhiana for the second day as they observe 10-day 'Kisan Avkash'," the news agency ANI reported.
In the wake of this massive protest, announced by Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, farmers from Friday stopped the supply of vegetables, fruits, milk and other essential items to various cities all over India.
Meanwhile, terming the farmers’ strike an ‘unnecessary thing’, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, “They don't have any issues, they are just focusing on unnecessary things, not selling produce will bring losses to farmers”.
#WATCH: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar speaks on farmers' strike, says, 'they don't have any issues, they are just focusing on unnecessary things, not selling produce will bring losses to farmers.' (01.06.2018) pic.twitter.com/CFY7dzgj2g— ANI (@ANI) June 2, 2018
On the other hand, speaking about the 10-day-long strike, Madhya Pradesh Agriculture minister Balkrishna Patidar said, "It's 2nd June, where is the strike happening? No farmers are participating in the strike. Farmers are happy with the schemes CM has launched for them. They have faith that state and central government will solve their problems."
The left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) along with 130 other farmers' organisations called the nationwide agitation on June 1 and will continue to intensify their protest till June 10. They have also decided to call a Bharat Bandh on June 10 in protest against state government's apathy towards farmers.
The strike is effective in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, among other states.
Following this nationwide farmers' stir, the prices of vegetables are running at sky high at Delhi's Okhla vegetable market and other parts of the country.
The government failed to act on the assurance it had given to farmers earlier in 2017.
Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, Kisan Kranti Jan-Andolan and Kisan Ekta Manch said in a statement that government had failed to fulfil assurances given last year during the farmers' strike for loan waiver.