Modi didn't give single paisa to solve farm crisis, says CM

Modi didn't give single paisa to solve farm crisis, says CM

 Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who has been criticised by a section of the Congress for not doing enough to solve the agrarian crisis, has squarely blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for farmer suicides and the Kalasa-Banduri project.

Addressing the Gram Swaraj Samavesh organised by the Congress at the Palace Grounds here on Friday, he accused Modi of being “anti-farmer” and said the Centre hadn’t given a single paisa as relief to Karnataka’s drought-hit farmers.

He said that though an all-party delegation from Karnataka had sought Rs 3,800-crore financial assistance from the prime minister, he didn’t give a single paisa. He also accused the BJP and the prime minister of “politicising” the Mahadayi river water-sharing dispute. “Modi said exactly what the State BJP leaders had been saying on the issue when an all-party delegation met him. I suspect BJP leaders from Karnataka tutored him (Modi) in advance,” he stated, adding the inter-state river water dispute could be resolved amicably if the prime minister intervened.

Siddaramaiah also said the Congress president Sonia Gandhi had taken the initiative to solve all issues pertaining to the Telugu Ganga project. Taking on the BJP for taking out the ‘Raita Chaitanya Yatra’, the chief minister said it was nothing but “misleading” farmers. “The BJP is known for spreading lies. Its leaders are trained to lie in public. The BJP has been criticising Rahul Gandhi for not visiting farmers’ families in the State. But no Union minister from the State has bothered to visit any farmers,” he added. The chief minister also said the Cabinet would soon discuss the K R Ramesh Kumar committee report on bringing reforms in panchayat bodies and take an appropriate decision.

Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, said the credit for stalling amendments to the 2013 land acquisition Act in parliament should go to Rahul Gandhi.

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