BJP National Chairman JP Nadda Tuesday says after independence, only Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked for the farmers of India and all the others, who tried to establish themselves as agricultural leaders, used the farmers without doing anything for them.
Nadda was speaking at the launch of Gujarat BJP’s ‘Namo Khedut Panchayat’ initiative from a farm in Nabhoi village, Gandhinagar district.
When launching the initiative, Nadda pointed out a few e-bikes. He said, “The country has seen a number of leaders who have tried to establish themselves as agricultural leaders. With specific intention, they tried to get the leadership position after holding talks with their friends and people. But I want it to be on record that all of them systematically used the farmers and did nothing for them,” Nadda said.
He added, “If there is anyone in independent India who has worked for farmers on the ground, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modiji.” Nadda was accompanied by BJP National Chairman Kisan Morcha Rajkumar Chahar, Gujarat BJP Chairman CR Paatil and BJP Gujarat Chairman Kisan Morcha Hitesh Patel.
Nadda also recounted the initiatives taken by the Modi government for the welfare of farmers like Prime Minister Kisan Sanman Nidhi, Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana, Prime Minister Sinchai Yojana and others. Referring to Prime Minister Kisan Sanman Nidhi, Nadda said no leader had ever devised such a program for farmers. “(PM Modi) made an effort to send Rs 2,000 every three months to the bank accounts of 11 million farmers. Till today, Rs 1.36 lakh crore has been deposited in the accounts,” he said.
Nadda said the agriculture budget has increased sixfold under Modi compared to previous governments. “Until 2014, Rs 1.4 lakh crore was allocated to agriculture. Today, during Modiji’s time, it is Rs 6.1 lakh crore.
He also referred to the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana and said around 80 million people had received a free ration under the scheme. “And that has been instrumental in supporting the poor during the Covid-19 pandemic, the worst ‘natural calamity’ of the century,” he said.
Nadda appreciated the efforts of the BJP government in Gujarat for the welfare of farmers and said that 15 lakh farmers have received interest free loans in Gujarat.
Explaining the initiative, Patel said: “As part of the initiative, e-bikes were fitted with 32-inch LED displays. About 1,700 trained party workers will tour the state’s 14,200 villages on the e-bikes and establish contact with the farmers and inform them about the various state and central government programs through the LED displays.
The party plans to reach 20 lakh farmers in the state through the initiative.