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BJP backstabbed farmers: Kejriwal

| | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

Amid the farmer crisis in the country, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has backstabbed farmers by not implementing the Swaminathan committee report. While addressing the farmers in a day-long conference on Saturday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo called for a Special Session of Parliament to discuss the appalling condition of farmers in the country.

In the day-long Kisan conference organised by his party, Kejriwal claimed that the BJP has submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that they cannot implement the Swaminathan committee report.

"During election the BJP garnered votes from framers on the promise that they would implement the Swaminathan report. But as soon they came into power, they backtracked from their promises. This amounts to backstabbing farmers," Kejriwal said.

He said after the debacle of the Congress, the farmers entrusted the BJP to solve their issues but the latter completely failed to deliver.

"People chose the BJP thinking the Congress was the party of the elite. But now they are realising that both parties are same. Both the parties exploit poor in the name of votes and receive notes (money) from the rich, the CM said. Referring to the absconding business tycoon, Vijay Mallya, Keriwal said while the farmers in the country are committing suicide due to debts, the real culprit who owes a debt of Rs9,000 crore was helped to flee the country by the Government.

Taking a dig at the Central Government, Kejriwal said the BJP formed the Government on the poll plank "Jai Javan Jai Kisan" but now neither 'the kisan (farmers) nor jawans (soldier) in this country are happy.

Kejriwal said his party would fight for the farmers till the Swaminathan committee report is implemented by the Centre.

"It's extremely distressing that the farmers have taken to the roads and are being fired upon. Where is the development. Farmers are boycotting their own produce and throwing them on roads.

"Farmers aren't begging, they are demanding what is due to them. And it is our responsibility to ensure that the Swaminathan committee record is implemented and farmers get a minumum50 percent profit on its produce," he said.




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