GM Mustard protests intensify: Congress, AAP, Left, JD-U & RSS join hands
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, and Communist Party of India (Marxist) shared the stage with farm activists to protest against genetically modified mustard, which the government is planning to introduce. Janata Dal (United) chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s speech rejecting GM Mustard was played on video, while AAP minister Kapil Mishra and Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi addressed the protests.
The environment ministry is considering allowing GM Mustard for commercial cultivation, the second such GM crop since Bt Cotton. GM Mustard has been developed by the University of Delhi.
The protest saw representation from hundreds of farmers from 20 states including Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and West Bengal, and members of nearly 130 organisations including All India Kisan Sabha, Bhartiya Kisan Union, New Trade Union Initiative, RSS’s Swadeshi Jagram Manch and farmers wing Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, besides Organic Farming Association of India, Confederation of Beekeeping Industry of India, Greenpeace India and Coalition for GM-Free India.