UP Farmer Committed Suicide Ahead Of Modi’s Visit


Lucknow: A farmer said to be demonstrating against the Uttar Pradesh government with 50 others since May 21 died of a heatstroke on Saturday, the fourth anniversary of Narendra Modi’s government and a day before the Prime Minister addresses a rally 20km from the spot.

Uday Veer Singh, 60, died while protesting before the Baraut tehsil office in Baghpat district a day after chief minister Yogi Adityanath visited Modi’s rally venue to review the preparations but ignored the farmers’ demand to meet them.

Agitated at Uday Veer’s death, over 10,000 farmers joined the dharna at the site within hours, declaring they would stay put till the state government met their demands to cut the power tariff for tube-wells and get sugar mills to pay their dues.

Farmers’ unpaid sugarcane dues, allegedly running into Rs 1,000 crore, is the principal issue for Monday’s by-election to the Kairana Lok Sabha seat, 60km from the stadium in Mawikalan village where Modi is to hold his rally.