PM Narendra Modi has time to meet Priyanka Chopra, but not farmers: Congress

By: |
Mumbai | June 02, 2017 7:16 PM

Amid the ongoing agitation of farmers in Maharashtra, Congress today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he could take time out of his schedule to meet Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, but had no time to meet farmers.

PM Narendra Modi, Priyanka Chopra, farmers, Congress, Maharashtra farmersPM Narendra Modi (R) recently met Priyanka Chopra. (YouTube)

Amid the ongoing agitation of farmers in Maharashtra, Congress today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he could take time out of his schedule to meet Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, but had no time to meet farmers. “It is unfortunate that Modiji has time to meet Priyanka Chopra, but not our farmers. His Chief Minister in Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis ji is behaving like Yamraj (God of Death),” Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee secretary Shehzad Poonawalla in a statement issued here.

“Congress supports the demands of the farmers. If loan waiver can be given in UP why not in Maharashtra?” he said. On May 30, Modi had taken some time out of his hectic schedule of bilateral talks and meetings in Berlin to meet actor Priyanka Chopra.

Also watch:

“In Maharashtra, out of a total 1.36 crore farmers, 31 lakh farmers with a cumulative debt of Rs 30,500 crore are not eligible for bank loans,” he said. Poonawalla said that farmers’ strike will affect the whole nation along with the people of Maharashtra and hence Modi and Fadnavis should show seriousness towards their demands.

“Even the Shiv Sena is with the opposition on this issue. While the Sena is backing this anti-farmer government, on the one hand, it is playing role of opposition on the other. We request the Sena not to be party to such anti-farmer policies of the Fadnavis government for the sake of power,” he said.

The Congress leader said that if the BJP-led government at the Centre and in the state continue to ignore the “legitimate” demands of farmers there will be a nationwide crisis.

“Modi ji had made several promises, including the promise to raise the minimum support price (MSP) by 50 per cent. They have not delivered anything except jumlas,” he said. “It is time for real steps to improve the condition of farmers, which is worsening under the Fadnavis rule. Mere cosmetic steps like Krishi Bima Yojna will not suffice,” Poonawalla said.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, Check out latest IPO News, Best Performing IPOs, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1BJP leaders dishonoured people’s verdict, thrust bypoll on them by quitting as MLAs: Abhishek
2‘Ayodhya Cantt’: CM Yogi Adityanath renames Faizabad Railway Junction
3Jammu and Kashmir: Amit Shah meets slain cop’s family, hands over government job appointment papers