Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot continued his scathing attack on the BJP on Wednesday. Gehlot said Congress has been constantly raising its voice against the anti-farmers policies of the state and central governments, but now even the BJP-associated organisations such as National Kisan Mahasabha in Rajasthan and Swadesi Jagran Manch in Delhi have started protesting.
Gehlot said that the BJP in its Suraj (good governance) oath letter before the assembly elections had stated that farmers would be provided attractive prices for their crops and permanent centres would be set up to purchase their produce, but against its promise, the party was taking decisions which were ruining the farmers. “It is against this the National Kisan Mahasabha president has threatened stir against the BJP government,” he added. The former chief minister said that in the absence of a proper government system to procure crops, the farmers sell their crops at prices less than the production cost, thus incurring heavy financial losses.
Gehlot said that previous Congress government in Rajasthan had given a bonus of Rs. 150 per quintal on wheat and Rs. 2 per litre on milk. In addition, the party had given a subsidy on drip irrigation technology, sprinkler, solar pump and pond construction. “But the present BJP government has stopped distributing the bonus and made a huge deduction in subsidy,” he added.
Gehlot said farmers across the state are disappointed due to the urea shortage during Raje government. “For the first time it has happened that urea has been distributed in police stations. The farmers hitting the street to demand urea were lathi-charged,” he said. He said the Raje government should wake up to the farmers demand or else it would pay a heavy price.