It has been over 300 days ever since the farmers of almost 29 villages in Amaravati started their protests against the Jagan-led government’s three capital decision. Besides rallies and dharnas, Amaravati Parirakshana Samithi (Amaravati protection committee) moved High court as well.
Recently, Amaravati Joint Action Committee along with farmers and leaders held protests across the 29 Amravati villages and has carried out Maha Padayatra, a long walk from Rayapudi village to Uddandarayunipalem where the foundation was laid which ended amidst high tensions.
Days after which, the battle seeking justice for the farmers took casteism hue with hundreds of Dalit protestors allegedly deployed by a ruling party held dharna adjacent to Amaravati farmers. Demanding allotment of plots in Amaravati as promised, scores of protestors raised slogans which raised tensions on Saturday.
Claimed to belong to Dalit communities, the protests alleged that majority of the farmers protesting belongs to the same community who are deliberately stopping the government from land allotments.
Meanwhile, farmers alleged the protestors as paid artists sent by YRSCP leaders to divert attention. With this new twist in the tale, the Amaravati agitation which is so far one-sided took caste hues while the leaders are yet to reach on the unexpected issue.