Davangere: Congress MLA Devendrappa issues a strong ultimatum to the government, vowing to resign if overdue payments to farmers are not promptly released. The unrest arises from farmers’ dissatisfaction with the government’s failure to compensate them for supplied millet. In a show of frustration, farmers besieged the food department warehouse in Jagaluru town on Saturday.
Arriving at the protest site to address the agitated farmers, MLA Devendrappa demanded immediate action. He directly contacted the Principal Secretary of the Food Department, urging the swift release of funds owed to farmers within the next week. In an unequivocal warning, Devendrappa declared his intention to step down as MLA if the government fails to meet this deadline. The brewing crisis originates from the state government’s millet procurement a year ago, amounting to Rs 5 crore. Despite a year passing, the owed balance remains unpaid, prompting farmers to protest in Jagaluru town.
This discontent among Congress MLAs is not isolated. Yashavantraya Gowda, representing the Indi Constituency, expressed vehement dissatisfaction over severe drought conditions in Vijayapur district. He specifically addressed the lack of canal water reaching remote villages in his constituency. Gowda warned of potential resignation unless immediate action is taken to release water to his constituency, venting frustration against the district administration.