Pro-Free Trade Farm Leader Sharad Joshi Now Supports Bharat Swabhiman Andolan of Baba Ramdev
Nagpur -August 3, 2012
Maharashtra’s Shetkari Sanghatana led by former MP Sharad Joshi who is strong supporter of liberalization and blind advocate of MNCs instrumental to get India signed GATT in 1990s has announced his support Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev in their agitation against corruption and black money in New Delhi from August 9.
‘We are surprised as Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev's Bharat Swabhaman Andolan is completely against Globalization and role of MNCs which are mainly responsible for 2 lakh 70 thousand farmers suicides after India opened signed with WTO allowing these MNCs to take of over agriculture and market . if group who are supporting these policies and technologies who are killing the farmers and instrumental for generation of black money in India then fate of such anti-graft agitation will be sealed and likely to be restricted to the agenda of 2014 National Election which is most unfortunate hence we urge Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev not to allow such leaders who are against the farmers’ and nation at large ’ Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) informed in press release today.
Recently at a press conference here on 13th march 2012 Sharad Joshi Joshi, along with Dr C D Mayee, former director of Nagpur-based Centre for Indian Cotton Research ( CICR) and Association of Bt-Led Enterprise (ABLE), an organization backed by companies making Bt seeds including US-based Monsanto after parliament committee toured the country on the directions of Lok Sabha speaker and went back with largely negative feedback about the genetically modified BT cotton seed from Vidarbha strongly supported Bt.cottom seed and GM technology and wrote to PMO as well as Lok Sabha speaker quoting Farm suicides are being wrongly linked with the use of Bt cotton and Bt.cotton seed has only helped improve the farmers' condition with high yields but his association with MNCs known to Govt. ignored letters and shown it to dustbin, Tiwari added.
“The on going agitation focusing corruption and Black money ,has put all socioeconomic issues related to pro-poor and pro-farmer policies and even media focus has been shifted from crore national issues to single point agenda of anti graft regulator hence now it’s high time to start working poverty and hunger and saving 3 billion farm families who are dying due to free market and MNCs menace hence this appeal ,Tiwari said.