MUMBAI: Amid the ongoing agitation of farmers in Maharashtra, Congress today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he could take time out of his schedule to meet Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, but had no time to meet farmers.
“It is unfortunate that Modi ji has time to meet Priyanka Chopra, but not our farmers. His Chief Minister in Maharashtra Deven-dra Fadnavis ji is behaving like Yamraj (god of death),” Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Shehzad Poonawalla in a statement issued here.
“Congress supports the demands of the farmers. If loan waiver can be given in UP why not in Maharashtra?” he said. On May 30, Modi had taken some time out of his hectic schedule of bilateral talks and meetings in Berlin to meet actor Priyanka Chopra. “In Maharashtra, out of a total 1.36 crore farmers, 31 lakh farmers with a cumulative debt of Rs 30,500 crore are not eligible for bank loans,” he said.
Poonawalla said that farmers’ strike will affect the whole nation along with the people of Maharashtra and hence Modi and Fad-navis should show seriousness towards their demands.
The Congress leader said that if the BJP-led government at Delhi and in the state continues to ignore the “legitimate” demands of farmers there will be a nationwide crisis. “Modi ji had made several promises, including the promise to raise the minimum support price (MSP) by 50 per cent. They have not delivered anything except jumlas,” he said.
“It is time for real steps to improve the condition of farmers, which is worsening under the Fadnavis rule. Mere cosmetic steps like Krishi Bima Yojna will not suffice,” Poonawalla said.