PM should worry about drought, not us: BJP

Simultaneously, BJP supremo Rajnath Singh wrote a letter to the prime minister on the twin problems—drought and price rice— facing the country. A day after Manmohan Singh’s first comments about the turmoil in the saffron party, which appeared to evoke some sympathy from him, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar hit out at the prime minister.

“The prime minister is worried about the BJP. We have told him to worry about price rise and drought and give relief to the people. We will worry about the BJP. You worry about the people, and if you don’t then we will compel you to do it through agitations,” Javadekar told reporters.

On Saturday, Singh commented in Ramsar that there should be stability in all parties.
“It (infighting in BJP) is not good. In a democracy, stability in political parties is necessary. If there is instability, it will have an impact on the country,” he said when asked about the crisis in the BJP.

Rajnath Singh, in his letter to the prime minister, demanded the setting up of a national task force on adaptation to climate change and sustainable agriculture in the wake of the prevailing drought in the country.

“A determined national alliance and action by all stakeholders, including the government, policy planners, scientists, civil society, and, of course, the farmers, is a must to blunt the disaster,” he said. Singh also voiced concern over the rise in prices of food grain.

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