Nitin Gadkari publicly embarrassed Maharashtra’s minister of state for agriculture Sadabhau Khot, a firebrand farmers’ leader. Attending a public function in Nashik with Khot, Gadkari asked him to give up his demand for support prices for agricultural produce. Prices, Gadkari said, are now determined in the international market and are beyond the government’s control. The Modi government is displaying complete callousness in protecting even the existing MSPs. This is in spite of nationwide agricultural distress.