Taking serious note of a sugarcane grower’s suicide in Karnataka, the Congress high command has sought a report on the incident as well as the measures initiated by the government to address the grievances of farmers.
According to party sources, AICC general secretary and party incharge for Karnataka Digvijay Singh has written to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah advising him to handle the situation with care.
Digvijay instructed the Chief Minister to ensure that the image of the party as well as the government was not dented ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha elections.
Digvijay also insisted that the party MLAs and ministers rally behind the government and participate in debates on the floor of the House on major issues raised by the Opposition. The legislators should attend the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting without fail, the letter stated.
He further asked the Congress chief whip in the Assembly to send a report on the participation of MLAs in CLP meetings and debates.
Meanwhile, the PMO too sought details from the state government regarding the farmer’s suicide.
K’taka Delegation to Meet PM
The Karnataka Government has decided to send an all-party delegation to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next month, seeking enhancement of import duty on sugar and incentive for its export.
During a debate on problems faced by sugarcane growers in the Legislative Council here on Friday, Siddaramaiah said he has written to the Union Agriculture Minister explaining the need for higher duty on import of sugar.
He endorsed the view of Opposition Leader D V Sadananda Gowda that the import of sugar was one of the factors for the low procurement price of sugarcane. “I am ready to take the all-party delegation to the Centre and meet the PM and others to convince them on the need to increase the import duty on sugar,” said Siddaramaiah.