Over 3,000 farmers ended lives after Jagan came to power, alleges TDP chief
- TDP chief visits cotton, chilli crops damaged in recent rains
- Criticises CM for not coming to the rescue of affected farmers
Chilakaluripet(Palnadu district): TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu said here on Wednesday that over 3,000 farmers committed suicide in the state after YS Jagan Mohan Reddy assumed office as the chief minister.
Chandrababu Naidu, who had visited the agricultural fields where large-scale crop damage has been reported following heavy rains in Palnadu district, told media persons that the farmers suffered huge losses due to the rains that lashed the area. Stating that he had visited the cotton crop which got damaged due to the rains, he said that the cotton and chilli farmers are the worst hit.
"Each farmer has already spent Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh per acre and the Chief Minister, who is sitting in the Tadepalle palace is least bothered about them as he has no plans to come to the rescue of the affected farmers," the former chief minister stated. Why even the local MLAs are not visiting the agricultural lands when farmers are suffering from the crop loss, he asked.
Can Jagan give the details on how much relief he has paid to the farmers in each village, Chandrababu asked and said that the state government has not paid even the crop insurance premium. "Except filing false cases against the TDP leaders, the state government is not coming to the rescue of the farmers who suffered huge crop losses due to the rains," he said.
Cases have been filed against Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, he said adding that he has taken the decision to extend solidarity with him only because of this reason.
Observing that the number of suicides in Guntur district has gone up heavily in the recent past, he said that over 3,000 farmers in the state resorted to suicides after Jagan came to power. Andhra Pradesh stood in third position in the farmers' suicides in the country and this speaks volumes about the condition of the farming community in the state, the TDP chief maintained.
The people will bury YSRCP in the 2024 Assembly elections and if the Chief Minister goes for early polls, the situation will be worse, he felt. Naidu demanded that Rs 30,000 per acre be paid as compensation for the chilli farmers and Rs 50,000 per acre for cotton farmers.
He said that there has been no employment creation in the state in the past three-and-half years and promised to take Andhra Pradesh to number one position in the country in development. He asked whether Pawan Kalyan has no right to visit Visakhapatnam and said that if this is the condition of the political parties one can easily imagine the condition of the common man in the state.
Observing that almost all the communities including BCs, SCs and Muslims suffered a lot under the YSRCP rule, Naidu asked the people to rethink whether the state needs such a government which does not take up any welfare measures but only leads the state into complete debts. "Do we need such a government which totally depends on funds raised through loans," he asked.