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Export Ban Protest: Maharashtra NCP Sends Onions as Gift to PM and Governor

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A employee of a retail chain pushes a trolley loaded with onion baggage at Manchar village in Pune. (Reuters)

Women employees from all 36 districts in Maharashtra collected onions and despatched them to PM Narendra Modi and Governor BS Koshyari, mentioned NCP Women’s Wing President Rupali Chakankar.

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  • Last Updated: September 18, 2020, 9:27 PM IST

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Even as the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress continued to protest towards the Centre’s ban on onion exports, the NCP’s Women’s Wing on Friday despatched onions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Women employees from all 36 districts in Maharashtra collected onions and despatched them to Modi and Koshyari, mentioned NCP Women’s Wing President Rupali Chakankar.


“Our women collected onions despite financial constraints and sent parcels of 5 kg each to the PM and the Governor. From Pune, we have dispatched the onion consignments by India Post. In other districts, our members handed these to Collectors or other officials to be forwarded to the two leaders,” Chakankar instructed IANS.

She mentioned the onion parcels would convey the emotions of onion farmers who have been crying as a result of the export ban had hit their livelihood badly, apart from inflicting big market fluctuations.

“The PM celebrated his birthday on September 17. Today, we sent him a belated birthday gift to make him understand the tears our poor farmers are shedding,” Chakankar added.

Asked why the onion parcels have been despatched to Raj Bhavan, she mentioned that the Governor had time to meet all and sundry who communicate sick of Maharashtra, however had no time to hear out onion farmers to acknowledge their issues in these troublesome occasions.

“After spending so much time with anybody who criticises Maharashtra, its leaders and the Mumbai Police, the Governor should spare some time to meet our poor farmers and convey their plight to the Centre,” the NCP chief mentioned.

Pointing to the gravity of the scenario, she mentioned that round 500,000 tonnes of onions have been caught at Mumbai ports due to the ban, inflicting a lack of Rs 1,250 crore to the farmers and others.

“Who’s responsible for all this? Will the BJP-led government compensate them for their losses?” she requested.

The NCP chief mentioned that after a sequence of calamities like drought, floods, unseasonal rains and lockdown, the central authorities has introduced one other disaster on the struggling farmers. She demanded that the export ban be revoked forthwith.




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