"Now, farmers in each of the worst-affected 325-odd villages shall sit on indefinite hunger strike from Sep 5, at the height of the ensuing Ganeshotsav festival," VJAS chief Kishore Tiwari said.
He claimed that at least 22 districts in the state, mostly in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions, have had little or no rainfall during the peak sowing season of June-August.
Consequently, in most areas two rounds of seeding went waste and in other areas even third seeding was lost as rains continued to elude these regions, pushing the farmers into further distress.
"After the Election Commission announces the dates for the state assembly elections, may be within the next few days, no aid will be distributed in view of the model code of conduct that will be enforced. We have requested the chief minister to act in the farmers' interest before that," Tiwari said.