Mysuru: Patriotic fervor might have gripped the city, with the tricolour fluttering proudly from many a vehicle playing the streets of Mysuru, but at the base of the state of the man who was instrumental in getting India unchained from the trammels of Colonialism, gathered to express their dissent in a manner that would have made him proud. Members of the (KRRS) and Hasiru Sena, Mysuru assembled in front of the Gandhi statue at the square named after the Mahatma on Wednesday to condemn the delay in waiving off farm loans by staging a silent protest.
Led by KRRS president Hosur Kumar and general secretary Hoskote Basavaraju, the protesters covered their mouths with a black cloth, and sat in silence for more than an hour. Some of the protesters held placards and banners criticizing both the state and central governments for overlooking farmers’ interests, and adopting policies that ran contrary to their welfare.

Questioning chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on his failure to implement a complete farm , the protesters also demanded a special package for the rural areas of the state. They also urged the Centre to stop import of milk, and arecanut, and raised questions over what had happened to the BJP’s ‘Swadeshi’ motto after coming to power.

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