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Farmer deaths old problem, steps taken to give them relief: Prabhu

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

deaths were an old problem and the government had taken many steps to alleviate the difficulties of the cultivators, said today.

Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters here, he said the had taken several farmer-friendly measures, including increasing the minimum support price for their produce, giving them relief from agricultural debt and announcing a

"The occurrence of deaths is a fact, but one must understand that it is an old problem persisting for years. Modi has done much more for the farmers in his four years as than what was done for them in the last 70 years," the Union said.

He added that crop failures due to drought or floods had led to incidents of suicide in certain parts of the country, when the monsoon failed or there was a deluge.

Claiming that Modi was the most popular among the democratically-elected prime ministers of the world, the BJP said, "Sixty-nine per cent of the people are happy with You will not be able to find another of a country as popular in the fifth year of his tenure."

He also claimed that there was no one in the country to challenge the popularity of Modi.

Asked whether the BJP was putting its full force in with a stream of visits by Amit Shah, Union ministers and the upcoming public meeting of Modi at Midnapore on July 16, Prabhu said the state unit of the saffron party was quite strong and did not require any extra fillip.

"It is only because the Centre gives Bengal its due importance that many Union ministers are visiting the state, unlike during the (days of the) previous governments when hardly anyone came," he said.

Shah had, at a recent public rally in Purulia, said the BJP was in power in 21 states and its next target was to wrest from the Mamata Banerjee-led

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 15:30 IST