New Delhi, July 12 : The Congress aggressively countered the false claims made by Narendra Modi at a rally in Punjab, saying Prime Minister was speaking a whole set of “white lies” and “jumlas” (rhetoric) to mislead the farmers of the country.
Noting there were no farmers at the PM’s rally in Malout in Punjab, Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first farmer rally in Punjab after announcing the ‘jumla’ of MSP was an epic flop. There were no farmers in the rally, neither the rented crowd, nor their own BJP workers were impressed by his speech laced with white lies.”
“I would like to mention that freedom of speech is very much everyone’s democratic right but do you think freedom of speech can be used to spread whole set of lies, she added.
Modi at a rally in Punjab said that the recent hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Kharif crops approved by the NDA governmenthas brought much relief to the farmers across country.
“The recent MSP (minimum support price) hike did not factor in the latest CACP (Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices) report that the government got released quietly after it patted itself on the back,” Chaturvedi said. “If take into account the CACP data, the promise of MSP plus 50 per cent is far from the truth.”
“Will Modiji tell the farmers of India that for the first time ever in India’s independent history his government has taxed agriculture through GST?” she asked.
Posing questions to Modi, the Congress leader said the soil health cards were started in 2009 under UPA and 5 crore such cards were distributed by 2012 itself.
Will PM explain as how he claim that 9,000 testing centers had been approved by his government, she said ” Modi’s argument as an encounter with truth as Congress established not 40-50 soil testing labs, as claimed by the PM, but 1141 soil testing labs”.
Taking on the PM over the issue of Neem-coated urea, she said it was an initiative of the UPA government in 2011. On the Fasal Bima Yojana, the Congress leader said it had only benefitted private insurance companies instead of the farmers.
“Had the PM announced the MSP hike in 2014, the farmers would have benefited by now from `2 lakh crore. But he waited till the election year and then came up with a misleading policy,” alleged Chaturvedi.
She said the per litre price of diesel, which is widely used by the farmers, stood at `67.86 today whereas it was `56.71 on May 16, 2014. The prices of fertilizers had increased by 24 per cent in the past six months, she pointed out.