Lashing out at the outgoing Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hit out at the Prithviraj Chavan-led government for neglecting farmers in the state, particularly the Vidarbha region.
Addressing a huge election rally at Dhamangaon in Amravati district on Friday, Modi blamed the state government for the on-going "agrarian mess" in Vidarbha region that led to farmers' committing suicide in increasing numbers. Amravati and it neighbouring district Yavatmal have recorded the highest number of farmers' suicide.
The PM attacked the Congress-NCP denying the farmers irrigation facilities. "What does a farmer ask for? Does he ask for a car or a bungalow? A farmer only asks for water. If he gets the water, the he will get the ability to reap gold from the soil," he said. Speaking about farmers' suicides, he said, "It's very unfortunate that the farmer who is offering orange juice to the entire country through this produce is himself forced to consume poison."
In another public meeting at Bramhapuri, the paddy-growers of Chandrapur and Gadchiroli got their share of promises when Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured them of better deal if the BJP is voted to power in Maharashtra.
Addressing a large gathering in Bramhapuri on Friday morning, a rice bowl region of the state, Modi pointed out that it was unfortunate that the paddy growers in Chattisgarh were becoming prosperous due to better price to their produce but on the other hand, the farmers in the adjoining districts in Maharashtra were denied their rightful prices.
"If the farmers get better remunerative prices for their produces, the on-going farmers' suicide in Vidarbha region would end. Farmers want better prices for their prices and irrigation in their farm and the BJP is committed to provide both the things, if it comes to power in Maharashtra," he added.
"I want to treat the farmers in Maharashtra on par with them," he added.
"If the BJP comes in power in Maharashtra, it will carry out various welfare activities for the tribals," he said and called for giving a clear majority to the BJP in the state. He promised to return to Bramhapuri after the polls and have a detailed discussion with them.
As he was suffering from a sore throat, he could barely speak for nine minutes at the rally where Modi was campaigning for nine candidates of BJP from Chandrpur and Gadchiroli districts.
Modi, who made a night halt in Nagpur and flew in an IAF helicopter to Brahmapuri in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district on Friday, said everything was alright till Thursday night, but he developed a sore throat this morning.
The 64-year-old leader apologised to the huge crowd of BJP workers for not being able to speak with full vigour and for a longer time. He promised that he would come back here after the elections are over.
Local MPs Hansraj Ahir and Ashok Nete, and MLAs and party candidates from nine constituencies of Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts were present on the occasion.