In its strongest attack yet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) has accused him of keeping mum on farmers’ issues despite being in office for more than six months.
BKS, an affiliate of the Sangh Parivar, launched a scathing attack on the prime minister at a protest rally in Bhopal in the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who shared the dais.
“He has been in office for six-seven months. Not only has he not increased the minimum support price he has asked state governments to stop giving bonus on grains procured from farmers,” national general secretary of BKS Prabhakar Kelkar told The Indian Express.
At the rally, Kelkar had used a colourful expression: “Modi aise maun hai jaise koi sanp sungh gaya ho. Lekin hame sanp ka jahar nikalna aata hai.” The BSK leader said his harsh language was a reflection of what was going through farmers’ minds.
The BKS said the BJP ahead of the general elections had promised to factor in the increased input costs while fixing the MSP. Instead, the Centre has discouraged states from giving bonus. While threatening to block roads in Delhi, the BKS said it will wait till January 26 or latest till the union budget before chalking out its further course of action.
Chouhan did not react to the criticism of Modi but said his government has stopped giving bonus as instructed by the Central government. “The state government will ensure that farmers don’t suffer, and will compensate for the loss of bonus,’’ said the chief minister, who accepted the BKS memorandum on the stage.
From the venue of the rally, a delegation of the BKS leaders went straight to the Congress headquarters and submitted a copy of the memorandum telling the Opposition party that it had failed to raise farmers’ issue in the assembly.
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