Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday set a 24-hour deadline to the Centre to declare it’s decision on procuring entire paddy crop produced in Telangana. If the Centre fails to respond, the TRS government will come up with an action plan to protect the interests of farmers of the State as well as expose the double standards and political conspiracies of the BJP government at the Centre.
“I once again request Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union Minister Piyush Goyal with folded hands, to procure paddy from Telangana as is being done in case of other States. We will wait for 24 hours for your response. Later, we will chalk out a new path and do whatever is required to protect our farmers. But we will also come after you (BJP) and expose your double
standards as well as injustice meted out to farmers,” he asserted.
Addressing the protests held at Telangana Bhavan, the Chief Minister said the people and farmers of Telangana were ready to fight with the Centre to protect their rights. The TRS will garner the support of all the like-minded political parties to mobile farmers and build a movement, unless the BJP government addresses the issues pertaining to farmers. “We will create a strong earthquake which will shake the throne of Delhi sultanate,” he warned.
Chandrashekhar Rao who is also the TRS President, demanded that the union government to come up with an uniform food grain procurement policy. If not capable, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was advised to step down. The next government at the Centre will come up with an integrated agricultural policy and get it implemented.
The Chief Minister also found fault with union Food Minister Piyush Goyal who advised the Ministers’ delegation to make people of Telangana habituated to eat broken rice. He cautioned that the governments which caused suffering to farmers in the country, have never survived for long. “This is nothing but arrogance. We are not here to beg you. Instead, we are only demanding for our rights,” he added.
On the occasion, he thanked Bharatiya Kisan union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait for supporting the protests held by the farmers of Telangana. He also welcomed Tikait’s statement that there will be a new revolution by farmers in the country.
“The entire population including farmers of Telangana will stand by farmers of this nation,” he vowed.
Meanwhile, the State Cabinet meeting will be chaired by the Chief Minister at Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad at 2 pm on Tuesday. The Cabinet is likely to discuss and come up with an action plan for paddy procurement.
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