Paddy, cotton, maize and millet being sold below MSP, Farmers not recovering costs, incurring losses Rs 500-1000 per quintal: Hooda
Team Haryana First
Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday launched a direct attack against Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s should talk to farmers and visit mandis and if they are getting the Minimum Support Price promised by the government. He said the CM had come to Baroda only as a formality and his public meeting had more outsiders, than locals.
Addressing public meetings in the villages, Hooda took on Chief Minister Khattar’s MSP statement and said if the Chief Minister is serious about quitting politics if farmers don’t get MSP, he should visit mandis across the state and talk to the farmers in the villages. “Farmers will themselves tell him that none of their crops are being sold on MSP today,” he said.
Hooda said the government has implemented three new agricultural laws only to ensure that the farmers sell their crops to private agencies. “Today, farmers have to sell their paddy at a loss of Rs 500 to 1000. 1509 paddy was sold at the rate of Rs 4,000 to 5,000 thousand per quintal in the Congress government but is now being sold for Rs 1700 to 2000. Similarly, maize farmers also got a rate of less than Rs 1000 to Rs 1200 per quintal. The same happened with millet and cotton. Cotton has a MSP of Rs 5,500 and any farmer would be able to tell the CM that it is being purchased from farmers for Rs 4500 to Rs 5000,” he said.
The Leader of Opposition said that the people sitting in power are just thugs of talk, they will neither give MSP to the farmer nor leave politics. “The intention of the present government is completely anti-farmer. Today, it seems, the government is engaged in suffocating the farmers through its policies. The government is deliberately dismantling farmer welfare policies and systems like mandis, MSPs, bonuses, subsidies, compensations started during our government,” he said.
“Farmers have been going to the mandis with paddy and other crops for several weeks, but they are struggling to sell their crops. Earlier, farmers were harassed in the name of moisture, registration and gate passes and now they have to suffer a long and excruciating wait for payments. Frustrated by the poor government system, farmers are being forced to sell their crops to private agencies at throw away prices. Private agencies are taking advantage of the helplessness of the farmers and looting them,” the former Chief Minister said.
Hooda took on Chief Minister Khattar on his first election rally in Baroda. He said the Chief Minister is panicking after staring at the impending defeat and had come to Baroda just to complete the formalities, in the last round. In his Kathura rally, there were more outsiders than voters from Baroda and there were many among them who were there because of promises of greed for liquor or money. “The Election Commission should investigate this and keep a close watch on such events that spoil the election atmosphere,” he added.
Hooda on Thursday sought votes for Congress candidate Induraj Narwal in Sikanderpur Majra, Bali Brahmin, Katwal and Bhainswal Kalan villages in Baroda light. He said the Baroda by-election is not just to election an MLA to a vacant seat, but the beginning of change in the state. “A big wave of change will arise in Haryana from Baroda, which will go all the way to Chandigarh. The road to power in Chandigarh will pass through Baroda. This time the people of Baroda will give a mandate that will shake the foundation of the state government to the core,” he said