My work for farmers giving Congress sleepless nights: PM Narendra Modi
Launching a scathing attack on the Congress party at his Kisan Kalyan rally in Punjab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that decisions taken by him for the welfare of farmers were giving the Congress sleepless nights. He also alleged that when in power, the Congress only “launched those schemes which suited the Gandhi family”.
Farmers from three states — Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan — had come for PM’s mega rally organised in Malout town of the state’s Muktsar district. Although both Rajasthan and Haryana are BJP-ruled states, Modi chose to address farmers of the two states from Punjab, which has a Congress government. The rally was billed as a “thanksgiving” event organised by the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab, days after the NDA announced the MSP hike.
Modi also tried speaking a few sentences in Punjabi at the rally, which was organised in the home district of the Badals.
It was also former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal’s first public rally after losing Vidhan Sabha polls, although he had earlier been seen attending small public meetings in his own constituency.
Praising the former CM, Modi said, “Whenever I need any advise on issues related to farming, I always consult Parkash Singh Badal sahib. It is an honour for me that he came for this rally.”
Addressing the farmers, the PM said, “After my government took the decision of hiking the MSP of 14 Kharif crops, including paddy, soyabean, maize, bajra, arhar, moong and others, Congress leaders had sleepless nights as farmers will now get sound sleep. They never took this decision in the last 70 years, out of which the country was ruled by them for 55 years. Though they also got files made on these lines and even had promised the farmers, they kept on sitting on those files for years, and were not able to implement it as they used farmers only as a vote bank and not to solve their problems.”
Apart from the PM, other speakers at the event included SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, whom PM called his “dear friend”, state BJP president Shwait Malik, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, and former CM Parkash Singh Badal.
In his 40-minute speech, Modi said that his government had fulfilled the slogan of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan in its true sense”.
Attacking the Gandhi family, he said, “Congress implemented only those schemes which suited the Gandhi family and now they are spreading rumours… Modi kaam kar raha hai aur issse Congress ki neend ud gayi hai (Modi is working and hence Congress has lost its sleep)…I am aware that our government in 2014 was formed with your support (farmers), we understand that farmers’ income is our income and hence we have made all efforts in the last four years to double your income…”
He advised farmers to go for crop diversification. On the issue of paddy stubble burning, he appealed to farmers to stop doing it in order to save the environment.
“We have allocated Rs 50 crore for the awareness drive in states like Punjab, Haryana, UP and Delhi, out of which half will be spent in Punjab alone. Subsidy on the machines supporting direct sowing is also available. Farmers must think about fertility of soil and the quality of air as well,” he said.