Cong used farmers as vote bank, betrayed them: PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jul 2018 09:54:01



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the Congress of betraying the farmers and using them only as a vote bank to further the interests of “one particular family”.
Addressing a rally in Punjab’s Malwa belt, he said despite toiling hard, farmers had lived a life of despair for decades because of the policies of Congress-led Governments.
Modi said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has now taken several steps for the benefit of farmers, which was making the Congress and its allies lose sleep.

The Prime Minister said that the NDA Government was trying to restore respect to farmers and soldiers, and was committed to doubling farmers’ income by 2022. The rally showcased the recent Cabinet decision to hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of kharif crops, “fulfilling” the poll promise of ensuring that farmers make 50 per cent above their input costs.
In a veiled attack on the Gandhi family, Modi said the only the concern had was “for one particular family”. “I know why for years you could fetch only 10 per cent profit on the cost of inputs incurred by you,” he said.

“Farmers are the soul of our nation, they are our ‘annadata’. But the Congress always betrayed them and told lies to them. The Cong used them as a vote bank,” he said. He said that NDA at Centre was working towards changing this scenario. “We had promised to double the income of farmers by 2022 and efforts are being made in this direction for the past four years,” he said.

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