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Anna accuses Modi government of ignoring farmers

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday accused the Modi government at the Centre of caring only about big industrialists and ignoring the plight of farmers and common people.

Anna, who was addressing a rally here to mobilise people for his new phase of agitation starting at Delhi on 23 March for improving condition of farmers and demanding appointment of Lokpal, said that instead of bringing “achhe din” the government has only created bad days for the common people as the price spiral was not being controlled.

He alleged that the BJP was again trying to mislead people as the general elections were due next year. Promises made before the last elections in 2014 have remained unfulfilled.

In a scathing attack on the Modi led NDA government, he said they were showing “dictatorial tendency” by trampling over the democratic process.

He said the farmers were continuing to suffer under the Modi government that has failed to provide monthly pension of Rs. 5,000 to them. More than 12-lakh farmers reportedly have committed suicide in the past 22 years as they were in the clutches of debt.

He said an independent commission should be set up to fix remunerative price for the farm produce. The government was patting its back only for introducing the GST and demonetisation, but has intentionally kept petrol and diesel out of the purview of GST to “fleece” people.

Anna said farmers’ suicides were continuing but big industrialists were being allowed to flee the country after grabbing huge amounts of loan from public sector banks.

He stressed the need for electoral reforms by introducing the right to recall instead of NOTA that does not solve the purpose of fair elections.