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BJP for special Parliament session to discuss ‘crop holiday'

Concern for farmers: BJP leader Rajnath Singh addressing a news conference in Hyderabad on Wednesday. — Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

Concern for farmers: BJP leader Rajnath Singh addressing a news conference in Hyderabad on Wednesday. — Photo: Mohd. Yousuf  

Rajnath Singh to raise the issue in ongoing session

Concerned over the repercussions of the ‘crop holiday' declared by farmers in Konaseema area of East Godavari and eight other districts, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh has said the situation demands a special session of Parliament, after the monsoon session, to discuss the problems in the agricultural sector.

After touring Konaseema, Mr. Rajnath Singh and BJP State president met Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday and submitted a representation seeking urgent measures to solve the farmers' grievances and sanction a special package. The Mohan Kanda Committee appointed by the State should give its recommendations on a war-footing, he said.

Addressing a news conference, Mr. Singh said, “ ‘Crop holiday' is a new form of protest chosen by the farmers to express their anger and frustration. If it spreads to other areas, it can adversely impact the economy and the crop model of the country.”

Describing corruption and neglect of agriculture as the outcome of bad governance, he demanded implementation of Swaminathan Committee's recommendations to make agriculture a profitable vocation. A separate budget should be earmarked for agriculture at the national level, he said. He promised to raise the crop holiday issue in the ongoing Parliament session and demanded that the MSP of paddy should be increased at least to Rs.1,800 from the present Rs.1,030.

For strong Lokpal Bill

The BJP leader said the nation was concerned about the health of social activist Anna Hazare who was on an indefinite fast. “We have been saying that the government should have a dialogue with civil society but it has delayed it”. Dismissing the government's Lokpal Bill as toothless, he said BJP was in favour of a strong and effective Lokpal Bill.

Asked about resignation of Mr. Yashwant Sinha, he said he was not aware of it. He reiterated the BJP's commitment for creation of separate Telangana State.



  • “If ‘crop holiday' protest spreads to other areas, it can affect economy”
  • BJP leader seeks increase in MSP for paddy from Rs.1,030 to Rs.1,800

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