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CM says no to imported wheat

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday announced a ban on distribution of imported wheat in the State. Launching a scathing attack on the Congress-led UPA Government, the chief minister said wheat import was aimed at ruining farmers in the country. Yadav also cautioned Brahmins not to fall into the trap of the Bahujan Samaj Party.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2006 01:35 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday announced a ban on distribution of imported wheat in the State.

Launching a scathing attack on the Congress-led UPA Government, the chief minister said wheat import was aimed at ruining farmers in the country. Yadav also cautioned Brahmins not to fall into the trap of the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Addressing a public meeting at Deeh under Amethi Parliamentary constituency on Tuesday, Yadav said there was pressure on State Governments to purchase imported wheat. But the State Government would not do so, the chief minister said and added that the government was committed to protecting the interests of farmers. He also announced enhancement of calamity assistance fund to Rs 1 lakh for farmers in the State.

Yadav said the Centre had imported 35 lakh tonnes of wheat and there was pressure on UP to purchase ten lakh tonnes. Yadav said the State would not bow to pressure on the issue.

Pointing out that imported wheat would be sold in the market at around Rs 1000 per quintal, the chief minister said the government had not pressured farmers to dispose of wheat at government purchase centres. “They were free to sell anywhere,” Yadav said.

Referring to the power crisis, Yadav said the Centre had been discriminating against the State on the issue. He reiterated his charge that Congress president Sonia Gandhi was misleading the people of Rae Bareli on power supply.

Yadav said there was short supply for a week because of problems in NTPC generation. He said the Congress had hatched a conspiracy against the SP to defame it on the power front. The chief minister said the State Government had been trying to generate its own resources for establishment of power plants.

Enumerating the achievements of his government, the chief minister said other states should also give unemployment allowance to the youth.

The chief minister unveiled the statue of Ranjit Singh Yadav and inaugurated the Ram Raji Girls’ School in Bara village. The chief minister said moves were afoot to win over the Brahmin community. But, he said, the community was wise enough to see through the BSP gameplan.

However, he expressed concern over steep fall in the party’s vote percentage in the Lok Sabha by-election in Rae Bareli. “What happened to Rae Bareli? We never got so few votes in the past,” he quipped.