Yashwant Sinha to now take part in farmers' protest in Madhya Pradesh

The farmers, whose lands were acquired for the NTPC's coal-fired project at Gadarwara, are demanding jobs in the central PSU. Photograph:( AFP )

PTI Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh, India Jan 10, 2018, 05.14 PM (IST)

After Maharashtra, BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha has now landed in another party-led state, Madhya Pradesh, to take up the cause of farmers.

The former Union minister is scheduled to take part in a farmers' protest tomorrow against an upcoming power project at Gadarwara area of Narsinghpur district.

He will participate in the protest along with Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh president Shivkumar Sharma, popularly known as Kakkaji, who is a former RSS ideologue.

"Just now, I received him (Sinha) in Jabalpur," Sharma told PTI by phone.

"After night stay at Jabalpur, we are going to leave for Narsinghpur tomorrow morning," he added.

"Sinhaji is going to address the farmers squatting at Gadarwara since December 22," Kakkaji said.

Former Union minister Sompal Shastri, too, will take part in the protest, he said.

Narsinghpur SP Monica Shukla told PTI, "Adequate police arrangement has been made at the protest site where Sinha and Shastri are going to address the protesters. We are keeping a watch."

Kakkaji said farmers, whose lands had been acquired for the NTPC's coal-fired project at Gadarwara, are demanding jobs in the central PSU.

NTPC has promised them jobs while acquiring their agriculture lands, he added.

In early December, Sinha led a farmers march in Akola district of Maharashtra and later staged a sit-in to protest the BJP-led government's "apathy" towards the cultivators of the Vidarbha region.

The 80-year-old bureaucrat-turned-politician has also been critical of the economic policies of the Modi government. PTI