HYDERABAD: Upping the ante against the BJP, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday gave a clarion call to people in the state and across the country to root out the BJP government at the Centre accusing it of weakening the rural economy, hereditary professions and playing havoc with the farm sector only to hand over the agriculture sector to the corporates.
He came down heavily on the Centre for its decision to increase the prices of fertilisers saying that it would push the agriculture sector into a crisis and break the backbone of the farming community in the country, said a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office here on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister expressed anguish that the Centre had removed subsidies on fertilisers, which were in vogue for several decades, and the situation came to such a pass that the farmers had no option but to take up their ploughs and revolt against the BJP government.
The Chief Minister urged the people to confront the BJP on the matter at every opportunity. He made it clear that if the Central government failed to withdraw the increased prices of fertilisers, there will be countrywide agitations against the Centre. He also urged the farming community in the state to expose the BJP’s conspiracy and join the struggle to make the Centre withdraw the fertiliser price hike.
Expressing his anger at the BJP government at the Centre which made tall promises that it would double the farmers income in the country by 2022, the Chief Minister said it had now increased the prices of fertilisers to an all-time high to break the farming community’s backbone.
"It is highly reprehensible that the Central government which promised to double the income of farmers took a U-turn and increased the agriculture expenses. This shows that the BJP government is totally against the farmers and it is proved beyond any doubt," Rao said.
The Chief Minister alleged that there was a deep-rooted conspiracy behind the Centre's policies and actions to make the lives of farmers miserable. "Move to install meters to agriculture borewells to collect the power charges, not linking MNREGA with the farm sector, increasing the fertilisers prices to all-time high, not purchasing paddy cultivated by the farmers, and all these draconian decisions of the BJP government at the Centre have made farmers life difficult to survive. One should oppose the actions that would make farmers become labourers in their own land," Rao added.