New political party to further farmers’ cause by 2018 polls: Puttannaiah

Melukote MLA KS Puttannaiah said that there was an urgent need of a new political party in the state which can address the problems of farmers who are in deep trouble.

Addressing press persons here on Wednesday, Puttanaiah said that recently activists from various farmers’ organisations had come together and held a series of protests in Bengaluru, Mandya and other parts of the state. Coconut, arecanut and sugarcane growers were in deep trouble due to anti-farmer policies by successive governments.

“There is a need to ‘clean’ Vidhana Soudha and a new political party must be built so that farmers’ interests are protected and the party will be ready before 2018 assembly elections”, he said.

He said that various organizations including political parties like Sarvodhaya Karnataka Paksha and Swaraj Abhiyan would participate in a two-day conference on July 9 and 10 in Dharwad to discuss about launching of a new political party and to highlight the problems faced by farmers.

“Both union and state governments have completely neglected the farmers. The bank facilities are not reaching the farmers and there is no security for their crops, he regretted.

Support for Anitha in MCC by-poll

Puttanaiah further said that Sarvodhaya Karnataka Paksha and Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha would support former MCC Raghavendra Nagar ward corporator R Ananthu’s wife Anitha who is contesting as independent candidate in the by-election.

“Anitha is my relative and her husband Ananthu had done good work in the ward. So we are supporting Anitha in the election and will participate in the campaigning”, he said.

Farmers’ leaders including Badagalapura Nagendra, Hosuru Kumar, Niraguru Nataraju, Belagola Subramani and Nethravathi were present.

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