Lucknow: The biggest wholesale market of potatoes in Asia, located in Farrukhabad, wore a deserted look, as the Election Commission has taken over its stalls to store Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).
Farmers have been replaced by Election Commission employees and sacks containing potatoes replaced by EVMs
According to Potato Farmers’ Association chairman Satish Verma, the local administration asked them to vacate the premises on February 17.
“We launched a massive protest but administration didn’t bow down. We are helpless. First, demonetisation left a dent in our pocket and now this. We are in loss,” he said.
The potato market was taken over by EC officials on February 17 and it will remain closed till February 22.
The EVMs will be kept in the shops inside the mandi, and the area has been cordoned off till March 11 with CISF deployed to guard them.