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Defeatist Congress pretending to be farmers' friend: Rajnath

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Launching an attack on the at BJPs National Convention, on Friday said the was "pretending" to be farmers friend though it never cared for them when in power, and added that the opposition was already staring at defeat in next polls.

He underlined that India's growth story could not be written by bypassing the country's villages.

"The party is cutting a 'swang' (pretence) of being the champion of the farmers, but it did not look at the report for 10 years of UPA. It was that implemented the Commission's recommendation of giving the minimum support price (MSP) to the farmers," he said.

"The opposition knows that if the farmers of this country stand up with Narendra Modi, then nobody can save their boat. Today the public is with Modi. In any case they (opposition) have almost conceded that their boat is going to sink in the coming elections," he added.

He said a perturbed opposition had launched a campaign of false allegations to blemish the image of Modi.

"But our Prime Minister's life is like an open book. Anybody can read it," he said.

He said that after Lal and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi was the only who had taken the agriculture and farmers' issues with seriousness and sensitivity.

He said the had allocated Rs 2.11 lakh crore to agriculture during its tenure which was "unprecedented".

He also spoke of various schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, neem-coated urea, MSP and farm loans.

He claimed in Karnataka, where the Congress-Janata Dal Secular (JD-S) alliance is running the government, farmers were being "arrested" for not repaying their loans.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 21:30 IST