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Doubtful whether convention will be held in Guntur

BJP Government in State draws flak

BANGALORE: There is an urgent need for farmers of the country to unite and fight against the Centre’s ‘anti-people and anti-farmers’ policies in the larger interest of the nation, General Secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member K. Varadarajan said here on Monday.

He was speaking after inaugurating the 14th convention of the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha.

Mr. Varadarajan said that the kisan sabha was planning to hold its national convention in Guntur from January 7 to 10, but there was confusion whether the Andhra Pradesh Government or the Centre would allow holding it in the light of the political situation in the State. However, the sabha was determined to fight the wrong policies of the Centre, he said.

Mr. Varadarajan said that when the Congress government at the Centre announced its economic policies 15 years ago, the then president of the sabha had warned of the impending problems for the farming community as there were serious discrepancies in the policy. But the then Minister P. Chidambaram said the policy would augur well for Indian farmers as it would ensure handsome earnings.

But now his reported statements that the country was depending on imports for several essential commodities had proved the sabha’s understanding of the issue, he said.

Suicides

On the issue of farmers’ suicides, he said that it was an irony that the Union Minister for Agriculture had constituted 15 sub-committees for studying the Swaminathan Committee’s Report on the issue. He himself had been a member of a sub-committee and the committee would meet once in six months and “defer the meeting for studying the report seriously in the next meeting”.

Chairman of the reception committee of the convention and Janata Dal (Secular) leader P.G.R. Sindhia emphasised that the “shameless” Bharatiya Janata Party Government in the State should go out in the interest of the poor of the State.

He said that the “historical” convention would chart the changing scenario of the State’s economic policies and the future course of the welfare of the poor.

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