The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of reneging on its promise to fix minimum support price (MSP) that will ensure 50% profit to farmers, and vowed to take up the issue in Punjab, in an apparent bid to woo the farming community.
AAP leader Ashish Khetan hit out at Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh over his reported remarks that the Centre will not be able to ensure 50% profit over input cost to farmers. “It’s the first such official admission that PM’s promise in this regard was a lie,” Khetan told reporters here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reached out to the farmers before the 2014 general elections promising to fix the MSP of crops incorporating 50% profit in farmers’ cost of production.
Khetan said no farmer would have voted for the BJP had the “admission of inability” had come then. Khetan said the AAP would corner the BJP over the issue in Punjab and rest of the country where “farmers are caught in a debt trap and are committing suicide”.