From a worker with Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) of former farmer chief Sharad Joshi to a member of a committee appointed by the Supreme Court to meet with farmers, Anil Ghanwat, a known supporter of the three agricultural laws of the central government, said Tuesday it would meet. with the protesting farmers, regardless of his personal views, and submit his report.

Mr Ghanwat’s former SS colleagues, however, mentioned that he did not represent the views of their organization as he had previously split and supported the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 general election.

“He and a few others are no longer with Shetkari Sangathana. They run a different organization called “Shetkari Sangathan-inspired by Sharad Joshi”. In 2019, the general elections of this group took a stand in favor of the BJP. We oppose both Congress and the BJP, ”said Kalidas Apet, executive chairman of SS, which is currently headed by veteran farmer Raghunathdada Patil. Mr Apet said the SS does not support the laws in their current form.

Mr Ghanwat came into the limelight in June 2019 when the SS attempted to plant genetically modified (HT) herbicide tolerant Bt cotton seeds in Akola district, which he described as the civil disobedience movement for protest the central government’s indecision in approving the next GM general. seeds. He has already backed the three controversial farm laws, videos of which are on his YouTube channel.

Speaking about his appointment, Mr Ghanwat said he did not apply for the post. It must be because of the government which registers the activities of farmers’ organizations that they found it suitable for employment. “The committee will go to them, if they don’t come to us,” he said, questioned about the reluctance of farmers to speak to the committee. Asked about his political inclination, he said politics doesn’t matter when it comes to the interests of farmers.

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