Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, while facing massive agitation from state’s farmers on Thursday announced that he was committed to the continuation of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and would leave politics if MSP is brought to an end. “We are committed to the continuation of the MSP in Haryana. Manohar Lal will quit politics if anyone tries to end the MSP regime,” he said.
Haryana CM’s statement comes after Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered loss in the recently concluded civic body elections in the state. BJP lost two seats out of three. The loss can be seen as a reflection of the agitating farmers of Haryana, who are protesting against the three contentious agriculture laws passed by the Centre.
Even BJP ally in the state and deputy CM Dushyant Chautala had said that if the MSP will not be insured to the farmers he will resign from his post.
“Our party’s national president already made it clear that MSP must be ensured to farmers. The written proposals given by the Central government to the protesting farmers include a provision for MSPs. I’ll work to secure MSP for farmers as long as I am in power. I will resign from my post the day I am unable to fulfil the promise,” Chautala had said.
Meanwhile, following defeat in the elections, a BJP spokesperson from the state said that the party lost as most of the vote bank was on holiday.
“December 25, 26, 27 were holidays. And you know in December when the year is ending and when there’s a bunch of holidays, people tend to go out on long trips. Unfortunately, most of those who went on holiday were people who make the BJP’s vote bank,” Sanjay Sharma, BJP spokesperson for Haryana, said.