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Congress to stage dharna against UP government today

India TV News Desk 21 Nov 2014, 9:16:40 AM IST
India TV News Desk

Lucknow: Congress will stage a dharna today in Uttar Pradesh against the state government's failure to hike minimum support price of sugarcane and non-payment of cane dues.

Congressmen led by UPCC president Nirmal Khatri would stage a dharna at the GPO Park in Lucknow on November 21, state Congress committee spokesman Ashok Singh said.

The party would also protest against the delay in starting of crushing season by state sugar mills, he added.

Uttar Pradesh is one of the highest producers of sugarcane of the country.

Uttar Pradesh has 122 mills with Bajaj Hindusthan, Balrampur Chini and Triveni Engineering among the top sugar companies. Livelihood of about seven million farmers in the state depends on sugarcane.