Two days after Samyut Kisan Morcha started protests against the spiraling input cost of packaging material for fruits in Himachal Pradesh, the opposition Congress launched the ‘Halla Bol’ (raise your voice) protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Shimla rural legislator Vikramaditya Singh, who is also party’s general secretary, launched the campaign from the Rohru constituency.
A large number of apple growers took part in the protests led by Vikramaditya, who accused the Jai Ram Thakur-led government of ruining the apple economy of the state. Taking a dig at horticulture minister Mahendra Singh, he said the minister shows little concern about the farmers, who have been left in the lurch due to spiraling input costs.
Vikramaditya said the government is bluffing the farmers by announcing a reduction in the rates of GST on cartons. He alleged that the BJP government has done a great injustice to the farmers by ignoring their interests.