HYDERABAD/KARIMNAGAR: The proposed visit of AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi has generated enough heat in the state political arena with BJP, TRS and TDP slamming the Congress party for having neglected the farmers during its tenure.
BJP state president G Kishan Reddy directed probing questions at the former relating to Congress’ committment to farmers’ issues. He released an open letter addressed to the AICC vice-president.
He alleged that during Congress regime in united AP, between 2004 and 2014, as many as 21,810 farmers had committed suicide. The fact was revealed by none another than the then agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, he added.
“Before setting your foot on Telangana soil, first tell the people here as what measures did your Congress government take to prevent farmers’ suicides?” he asked.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in Karimnagar, Khairatabad MLA Ch Ramachandra Reddy alleged that Rahul Gandhi and his followers were making false propaganda against the land acquisition amendment bill and misleading the farmers.
“We will give a counter to their attacks. The Congress party, during its regime, has cheated farmers by allotting the land to commercial purpose in the name of Special Economic Zones,” he alleged. He also termed chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao as a dictator and added that the state government is yet to submit a report on the crop damage to the Centre to get the compensation. “If the report was submitted, the Centre would have given `250 crore compensation as immediate relief,” he added.