Later, Janata Dal (United) leader, wrote on twitter, "Worrying that senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has been arrested in Akola, Maharashtra, on orders of a BJP government, for the crime of protesting against the admin's apathy towards cotton and soybean farmers in Vidarbha".
The 80 year old BJP leader, who is the member of party's Margdarshak Mandal, along with hundreds of farmers are now camping at the police headquarters ground. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and MPCC President Ashok Chavan talked to Sinha on phone and extended his party's support to the demands of farmers.
On Monday, Akola Police detained Sinha along with 250 farmers under Section 68 of the Bombay Police Act after they vandalised the barricades of the district office on their way out, following what they said was an unsatisfactory discussion with the district magistrate over the farmers' demands.
Pande said, "Yashwant Sinha and the Shetkari Jagaran Manch were protesting in Akola, they were on a dharna". @YashwantSinha is fighting for the cause of farmers. "We won't be responsible for what happens (sic)", Sinha was quoted as saying by news agencies. They are also demanding that bank officials and administration execute loan waivers by personally visiting gram panchayats.
"Except for the last one (related to MSP), which is a call to be taken by the Central government, we have accepted all six demands and have requested the protesters led by Sinha to call off their stir", Pandey said.
The farmers, under the aegis of the Kapas Soyabean Dhan Parishad, have sought purchase of all farm produce by the Fadnavis government at the promised MSP, Rs 50,000 per acre compensation for cotton farmers affected by pink boll- worm disease, along with resolution of issues related to farm insurance and relief for drought-affected villages.
Speaking to reporters, Sinha said he would stay put even if police allowed him to leave. Terming the arrest of Sinha as against the spirit of democracy, Chavan blamed the flawed policies of government for the precarious condition of farmers. But after coming to power, the party forgot the promise.
Sinha led a scathing attack against the BJP for not keeping its promise made before the election to give 50% over and above the minimum support price to agriculture produce.