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BJP to send team to counter Cong's anti-farmer barb in Gujarat

Dalip Singh, New Delhi, DH News Service, Nov 14 2017, 23:49 IST
Virendra Singh Mast. ANI file photo

Virendra Singh Mast. ANI file photo

The BJP will send a special team of agrarian workers for campaigning in Gujarat to counter the Congress's allegations of the party being anti-farmer.

The decision comes a day after accusing former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot's brother of syphoning off fertilizer subsidy during the UPA regime.

BJP Kisan Morcha president Virendra Singh Mast told reporters that a team of 50 party workers would land in Gujarat.

Taking on the Congress for describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as anti-farmer, the BJP MP from Bhadohi said while party leaders like him go back to their constituencies after discharging parliamentary duties to be among farmers, Rahul Gandhi goes abroad for holidays.

"That's the difference between the BJP and the Congress. This is not new. It runs in the Nehru family which has never looked after the farmers," Mast said.

Rahul has been raking up farmers issue during his public meetings in Gujarat. Apart from raking up land acquisition issues faced by farmers in some part of the state, the Congress vice president had also ticked off Modi by saying that demonetisation had badly hit farmers as they don't transact through phone or debit cards but use cash to purchase seeds or pay labourers.

The Kisan Morcha chief also said the team will campaign in the rural areas of the state to highlight initiatives of the Modi government, including crop insurance scheme, and measures for doubling the income of farmers.

The Kisan Morcha is also planning to celebrate the birth anniversary of former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh on December 23.

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