Accuse the Centre of pursuing anti-farmer policies

Members of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Left parties walked out of the Lok Sabha on Monday accusing the UPA-II government of pursuing “anti-farmer” policies.

Earlier, Sharad Yadav (Janata Dal-United), who raised the issue, said despite the slowdown in every sector in the last three years, farmers were able to produce a bumper crop. This year too the farmers expected a bumper crop, but the government had not made any effort to ensure its purchase and storage. Due to the lack of storage facilities, foodgrains were rotting and, as a result of poor coordination between the Centre and the State governments, even sacks for storing the produce had not been distributed, Mr. Yadav alleged.

The JD-U member, who is also the convenor of the NDA, wanted the Centre to convene a Cabinet meeting to discuss the issue immediately. The government could fall if farmers' miseries were ignored, he warned.

Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj charged that instead of making a statement, Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee had left when the issue was being raised by the Opposition. Later, she led the NDA out of the House, protesting the government's apathy towards farmers. Left party members too followed suit.

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