Maharashtra: Sugarcane price logjam continues
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 22:52
Pune: The talks to resolve the sugarcane price hike issue remained inconclusive on Thursday, as state cooperation minister Harshavardhan Patil sought more time to discuss certain 'policy matters' with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

After the day-long discussions with the representatives of the agitating sugarcane growers here, Patil said, "We will continue the talks tomorrow after consulting the Chief Minster," and added that he was confident of ending the stalemate.

Reacting to Patil's statement, farmers' leader and MP Raju Shetty said the government was employing delaying tactics.

"My fast will continue till our demands are met and the agitation will be intensified if the talks fail tomorrow," he said.

Shetty's fast will enter the fifth day tomorrow. The farmers are demanding a price of Rs 2,350 per tonne of sugarcane.

Maharashtra Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has called for a "practical solution" to the sugarcane growers' demand, stating that the "mathematics" of sugar industry should be considered while working out the solution.


First Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 22:52

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