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Aren't BJP leaders ashamed of seeking votes from farmers, asks

Press Trust of India  |  Sangli 

Latching onto Maharashtra BJP chief Raosaheb Danve's remark made against farmers in the past, president Friday asked how leaders of the ruling party were not ashamed of seeking votes from peasants.

Pawar made the remarks as he campaigned for Vishal Patil, a Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) candidate for Sangli seat, here.

"The BJP has become so arrogant that its Danve calls farmers 'saale' (an expletive), while its (state) called children of farmers who committed suicide as orphans.

"And the same people are now seeking votes from farmers. How come they (BJP leaders) don't feel ashamed while asking for votes?" Pawar asked.

Danve was at the centre of controversy in May 2017 after he allegedly said some farmers continued to complain despite the doling out sops to bail out tur growers.

"The has so far procured the highest amount of tur in the history and it is going to purchase additional one lakh tonne; still some (referring to farmers) continue to complain," Danve had said at a meeting in Marathwada's Jalna.

Pawar also said that the BJP was posing questions to the and NCP, asking the opposition parties what they did for farmers during their tenure (between 2004 and 2014).

"You (the BJP) are in power for the last five years, but you expect us to answer questions about what we did for the agriculture sector. Mr Modi, we are in the opposition," the former Union quipped.

Pawar targeted over his remark that the was faced with "family feud" and that he (Pawar) had lost grip over the party. had made the remark during a poll rally in Wardha earlier this month.

"Why are you concerned about us? The is not a party of any individual, but the one which is built with the blessings of people," Pawar added.

Apart from Pawar, Jayant Patil, and others also attended the rally.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 19:40 IST