1. Rahul Gandhi targets Narendra Modi for taking foreign tours, says he should see farmers’ condition

Rahul Gandhi targets Narendra Modi for taking foreign tours, says he should see farmers’ condition

Rahul Gandhi said PM Narendra Modi should travel to the state to know first hand about the condition of the farming community.

By: | Updated: April 30, 2015 6:21 AM
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Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha for his foreign tours and said he should travel to the state to know first hand about the condition of the farming community. (PTI)

Highlighting the farmers’ plight a day after his Punjab visit, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha for his foreign tours and said he should travel to the state to know first hand about the condition of the farming community.

“Again his (PM’s) tour is on the cards. He has come here for sometime. He should visit Punjab and he will know first hand what is happening to farmers,” the Congress Vice President said, triggering uproar as BJP members protested.

Raising the issue of farmers during Zero Hour a day after his visit to mandis in Punjab, Gandhi said he wanted to apprise the House of the pain and problems of the state’s farmers whose produce is lying in mandis and is not being procured by the government.

The refrain of Gandhi was that the NDA government had left the farmer to fend for himself.

Amid protests by BJP members, Gandhi took a swipe at the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, questioning whether farmers are not contributing to ‘Make in India’ by providing food to the entire country.

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“Again his (PM’s) tour is on the cards. He has come here for sometime. He should visit Punjab and he will know first hand what is happening to farmers,” the Congress Vice President said, triggering uproar as BJP members protested. (PTI)

“When there was hailstorm, the government did not help. State governmments used to give bonus, farmers tolerated its non-payment. Farmers were lathicharged when they asked for fertiliser. Now their produce is not being lifted from mandis,” he said.

Gandhi accused the government of not procuring the produce of farmers, a charge rubbished by Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan who hit back by suggesting that the Congress leader was trying to become a “martyr by cutting a finger”.

Gandhi said “while farmers in the mandis are crying, the Haryana Agriculture Minister is saying farmers committing suicide are cowards,” he said amid cries of “shame, shame” from the opposition.

Asserting that government is purchasing each and every grain from farmers, Paswan insisted that the government under the leadership of Modi had taken several decisions for the welfare of farmers which had not happened in the past 10 years of the UPA.

Contending that the Prime Minister is not only concerned about the welfare of farmers, Paswan said he has proactively taken several steps to help the farmers hit hard by unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

There was uproar over the issue, leading to adjournment of the House for 10 minutes.

Gandhi had raised the farmers issue on the first day of the second phase of the current session by dubbing the Modi dispensation as ‘suit-boot ki sarkar” and had advised it to crossover to the side of farmers from that of industralists.

The Lok Sabha today saw uproar, with Congress and AAP members storming the Well when Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur, who is a member from Punjab, was allowed by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to speak after Gandhi’s plea for a fair deal to the farmers in the state.

She took objection to Gandhi’s visit to Punjab to assess farmers’ condition, questioning why he had not toured his own constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

Harsimrat Kaur, daughter-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, also took a swipe at Gandhi questioning where he was when farmers were facing the fury of hailstorm, apparently referring to his 57-day mysterious sabbatical.

Congress members, led by their Leader Mallikarjun Kharge, objected to Harsimrat Kaur being allowed to speak.

Amid the din, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that Paswan was ready to respond, but if the opposition wanted to politicise the matter then it was a different issue altogether.

Hitting back at Gandhi, Paswan remarked that he was seeking to project himself as a crusader of the farmer’s cause without doing anything much for their welfare.

“Ungli kaatkar shaheed banane chale hain (Trying to become martyr by cutting a finger),” Paswan said to drive home his point.

Rejecting Gandhi’s charge about non-procurement of farm produce in Punjab, the Food Minister said 57 lakh tonnes of grains have been procured from the state’s farmers out of 64 lakh tonnes which had arrived in mandis.

Each and every grain will be procured, he said while noting that the government has extended several relaxations to farmers whose produce has been affected by hailstrom as also unseasonal rains.

The benchmark for lusture in the grain earlier was below one per cent. Now it has been increased between 50 to 90 per cent, Paswan said.

The government has also decided to end the ‘full’ value cut on grains damaged by water. Now the value cut would be either half or one-fourth, he added.

Paswan said the duty on ethnol has been brought down and the import duty on sugar as demanded by cane farmers have been raised from 25 to 40 per cent.

Gandhi also told the government that if it helped the farmers by extending compensation, it will benefit it politically and “not to us”.

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    Indian
    Apr 30, 2015 at 6:03 am
    Till the last year Congress was ruling the country what did they do..... Pointing others is easier that making the things in a good manner.
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    1. Abhay Keny
      Apr 30, 2015 at 4:51 am
      First Rahul enjoys and spends days in Foreign lands and than blames PM atleast PM tries to build image of the country Rahul on other end fools people
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        Suresh Bhave
        Apr 30, 2015 at 8:06 pm
        Ernest Hemingway would have called it constipation of thought and diarrhoea of words.
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          Suresh Bhave
          Apr 30, 2015 at 8:05 pm
          THIS IS NOT WORTH A COMMENT. Ernest H
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            Vish
            Apr 30, 2015 at 4:28 am
            What was Mr pappu doing all these years. Now he is scared that if land bill ped all farmers will become rich by having industries in the neighborhood and no one will vote for this pappu.
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              Dinesh Agarwal
              Apr 30, 2015 at 4:28 am
              Such an ! The total time Modi has spent on foreign tours (notwithstanding the tremendous amounts of investments he brought) is less than the time Rahul hi spent in his "sanyaas" at some other country!!
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                Raman
                Apr 30, 2015 at 6:41 am
                It's irony that a person who cannot speak a sentence correctly and think himself (since he vomits what others asked him to speak) - a irresponsible person yet to know ABC of politics - who had absconded for 54 days speaks of a seasoned politician who is better than all congress people including his mother!!
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                  mklburg
                  Apr 30, 2015 at 5:30 am
                  Rahul Baba aur uske 43 chor - how come no in congress telling you that you are making fool of yourself! you have become laughing stock in the country, people should thank you for your jokes!
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                  1. Narendra Sastry
                    Apr 30, 2015 at 6:12 am
                    What kind of an u r rahul? Guys like r good for nothing
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                    1. Anand Ch
                      Apr 30, 2015 at 6:26 am
                      It is good to see some break in other wise dull and dry Lok sabha proceedings. He may not sound very threatening for BJP but enough to wake up from slumber.
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                      1. Sujith Kuttan
                        Apr 30, 2015 at 6:26 am
                        Rahul hi tries to display the training he got during his vacation and manages to put up a good comedy show..
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                          manimaran
                          Apr 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm
                          Where was this fool Rahul hi during Parliamentary session playing with girls getting mage watching peep shows going to night clubs still he will be not able to perforn his first night after going to Bangkok regarding farmers life PERARIGNAR ANNA our beloved leader ever green who still remains in the hearts of people of tamil nadu after dumping Corrupt Congress in the stinking river Coovam 1967.Anna gave speech where ever he went and to central govt. to to take care and look after farmers future where did these Corrupt Congress go till what have they done for farmers now this young er who cannot even straight is talking about Mr.Modi
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                          1. Tri Mallesh
                            Apr 30, 2015 at 6:15 am
                            Babe breaking rahul. Chip ke be to ha jail javo
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                            1. Tri Mallesh
                              Apr 30, 2015 at 6:16 am
                              Bewakoof Raul couple beto
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                              1. Tri Mallesh
                                Apr 30, 2015 at 6:20 am
                                Rahul the fool is fit for nothing other than attempting to pull down intelligent people like modi. Rahul and her wicked mother will make sure that congress will be destro in few years
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