At a meeting presided over by BJP President Amit Shah, a sugarcane farmer, who was asking hard questions to Shah over “anti-farmer policies” of the Modi government, and also lack of job creation, was reportedly silenced.
The video, released by Karnataka Congress, shows that while a farmer is speaking, two people—possibly BJP workers—wrestle the mike away from the farmer. Another farmer stood up in his support, but the farmer was prevented from speaking further. The video can be seen below:
It was not clear from the video where in Karnataka the meeting was held. However, the BJP President released several photos on Twitter of an interaction with sugarcane farmers in Humnabad in Bidar district.
Amit Shah claimed that “PM Narendra Modi has always been concerned about the sugarcane farmers.” However, this clearly does not include concern for sugarcane farmers’ right to dissent and ask questions of the BJP leadership.
This article has been edited at 1.30pm