Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Siddaramaiah engaged in a conflict for the second consecutive day on Wednesday with the former saying that the Congress government in the state was paying only “lip sympathy” to farmers in distress while the latter retorted by commenting that the BJP leader was “insensitive” to agriculturists.
Using his personal app to connect with the party’s Kisan Morcha leaders in Karnataka, the PM asked his party workers to disseminate several farmer-friendly schemes introduced by his government over the past four years.
“It is a fact that the Congress has always shown lip sympathy towards farmers. They only speak of farmers in their speeches and nothing more,” stated Modi while responding to a question raised by the Kisan Morcha president for Mysuru division.
Modi even went on to accuse Congress of trying to hand over dried lakes to builders when Karnataka was hit by severe drought. He said the BJP’s crop insurance, agriculture marketing and other schemes had brought about a serious change in the lives of farmers.
Siddaramaiah retaliated by citing that the Karnataka government shared 50% of the cost in premium towards the insurance of farmers and that it was an old UPA scheme.
Now about PM’s insensitivity towards farmers
1. I asked for farm loan waiver. PM refused
2. I asked for intervention to solve Mahadayi issue. PM refused.
3. I asked for increase in Disaster Relief Fund as Karnataka gets 1750 Cr. & Maharashtra gets 8000 Cr. No reply from PM
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 2, 2018
After giving an account of their progress including waiver of farm loans and free, assured power to farmers the CM went on to comment on the insensitivity of PM Modi.