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Farmers’ income halved during Modi regime: RLD

Most of the Indian coal mines were either shut down or sold to Adani Group, he said, adding that 25 per cent of coal was being imported from Australia.

Statesman News Service | Jaipur |

Rashtriya Lok Dal General Secretary Trilok Tyagi, on Wednesday, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a promise to double the income of farmers, but it was unfortunate that their income has halved in the last eight years of the BJP rule.

Rising fuel prices, heavy unemployment rate and selling government properties to big industrial houses were the glaring failures of Prime Minister Modi led Central government, Tyagi told a press conference here.

He was accompanied by the sole RLD MLA in Rajasthan and Technical Education Minister Dr Subhash Garg.

Alleging that two persons were running the BJP led NDA government, Tyagi said: “Two Gujaratis are selling and two are buying the national property and assets.”

Most of the Indian coal mines were either shut down or sold to Adani Group, he said, adding that 25 per cent of coal was being imported from Australia.

He recalled that AIR India, the airports and other institutions were sold out to the two big houses. At present 50 per cent of the country’s wealth is in the hands of 100 people. No Smart City has come up in the country though thousands of crores of rupees were budgeted by the Central government, he said.

In a direct attack on Prime Minister Modi, Tyagi alleged the BJP was doing the work of imposing an ideology through the RSS. “The situation has become such that they are trying to prove as if Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, who gave us freedom, are liars.”

Tyagi announced that the birth anniversary of Chaudhary Charan Singh, the former Prime Minister, will be celebrated across the country and a major event would be organised on December 23 in Bharatpur wherein Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will address thousands of farmers and common people.

Farmers, labourers and farm labourers should be brought into the main stream of development and the gap between the rich and the poor should be reduced by controlling inflation, he opined.

In reply to a question, he said that the RLD will again contest the next year’s assembly polls in Rajasthan without any coalition.