Alleging that 70 cotton farmers have committed suicides in Andhra Pradesh during July and August due to severe drought conditions, BJP today asked the state government initiate relief measures on a war—footing.

State BJP president B Dattatreya, who toured several drought—hit districts in the state, told reporters that rainfall in many districts has been far below normal and standing paddy, cotton, mirchi, red gram, sunflower and groundnut crops have gone dry.

He claimed at least three cotton farmers were ending their lives every day on an average and about 70 farmers have committed suicides in July and August.

Districts of Nalgonda, Krishna, Khammam, Guntur and Prakasam have been facing acute shortage of drinking water and fodder and livestock face the threat of death, Dattatreya said.

In Rayalaseema districts of Chittoor, Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool, crop area of groundnut has come down from 35,50,000 acres to 10,86,000 acres, he said.

“Under these contions, it is surprising why the Chief Minister is not declaring the state as drought—hit. This is leading to more suicides,” he said.

Keywords: AndhraDrought