A farmers’ “padyatra” that was headed towards Gandhinagar was called off Wednesday after Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel met farmers’ leaders and assured them of action in a case linked to Deodhar BJP MLA Keshaji Thakur.
The government action comes at a time when Gandhinagar is hosting a three-day G20 health track event starting August 17.
While the rally of farmers from Banaskantha was halted by the police near Gozaria in Mehsana district, leaders from the agitating group of farmers were taken to Gandhinagar to meet the chief minister. After the meeting, the farmers called off the rally saying they have been assured of action against the MLA. The farmers have been marching towards the state capital for the last seven days.
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The agitators said they had planned to organise a protest rally at Gandhinagar on August 18 against the alleged misbehaviour of a close aide of the BJP MLA during a event held in Banaskantha on August 7; however, they would not go ahead with it now.
Rakesh Tikait, farmers leader from Haryana, had extended support to the agitation and was scheduled to arrive in Gandhinagar for the protest on August 18.
The agitating farmers told media persons that though they themselves supported the BJP, they would regroup if “appropriate action” is not taken by the state government.