Kiran Choudhry, leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Haryana, has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments at the Centre and the state of going back on their election promises.
Alleging that the BJP had anti-farmer policies, she said it was driving tillers, the cotton and grain growers especially, to taking extreme steps. "Its elections manifesto, the BJP had promised the farmers a minimum support price (MSP) that was 50 % more than the cost of production, yet little had been done on this account," she said.
"On the contrary, the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana allowed the cotton prices to dip from Rs 7,000 to Rs 3,000 per quintal. Throwing his poll promises out of the window, Prime minister Narendra Modi and his government at the Centre increased the MSP for wheat by only a paltry Rs 50 per quintal," the Congress leader added.
Saying that the BJP was tall on promises and short on action, Choudhry said the Haryana government had failed to make arrangements for the supply of adequate quantity of fertilisers to the farmers for the wheat-sowing season.
The sale of fertilisers on the black market, spurred by acute shortage, flourished in Haryana and it was evident when a
truck carrying urea was caught in Sonepat the other day, she added.