FROM A Correspondent
SHILLONG, June 16: The tiolist Congress Party (NCP)’s Northeast in-charge, rendra Verma on Friday lambasted the BJP-led NDA government for its ‘failure to protect’ the interest of the farmers of the country.
According to Verma, the farmer’s agitation in BJP-ruled states is spreading. Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been rocked by farmer’s protests who are demanding, better crop prices, agricultural pensions and loan waivers.
According to him, under the Congress-led UPA regime when NCP president, Sharad Pawar was the Agriculture Minister, he waived off farmer’s loan worth Rs 68000 crore.
The NCP leader reminded that during the 2104 election, the BJP in its manifesto said that if it came to power it will rework the formula to fix the minimum support price (MSP) for crops. Verma also said that as promised the BJP should pay the entire cost of production and 50 percent profit to the farmers.
The NCP leader also said that the BJP-led NDA government in the centre has failed to achieve what it had set out to in 2014.
“Three years time is enough to start delivering. On which front have they succeed? They gave failed to bring back black money and even the demonetization process was a disaster,” Verma said. “…and now you decide what one should eat, how to dress and what to speak,” Verma added. According to him, in the last three years there has been inflation of essential commodities and the unemployment rate has gone up. “They had promised to provide one crore employment every year but has been three years now nothing had been done,” the NCP leader added.