Jagan vows to fight for tobacco growers

Leader of Opposition and YSR Congress Party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu saying that the latter has ditched the farmers by not fulfilling his poll promises.

Jagan, who met the tobacco farmers at Jangareddygudem in West Godavari district on Wednesday, said that the CM was busy visiting various countries in the name of capital city construction while leaving people of the state, especially the farmers in distress. He said that the CM should now shift his focus on the welfare of farmers rather than working for the MNCs and the rich.  He said that the farmers have been subjected to gross injustice in the TD’s two year rule.

“On one hand the banks are not lending loans to farmers, while on the other the government is not fair MSP for the farm produce making the lives of the farmers miserable,” Jagan lamented. He expressed fears that the farmers would lose their crops saying that the tobacco procurement has not yet started even after the commencement of the monsoon.

He reminded that at the time of elections, the YSR Congress had promised a fund of Rs 3,000 crore for Market Stabilisation Fund to regulate prices and at the same time Chandrababu Naidu had promise Rs 5000 crore for the same purpose. Jagan alleged that the TD government has failed to implement this promise despite completing almost half of its tenure. He reminded that during YSR’s regime the MSP for tobacco was Rs 165 while it fell to Rs 114 now and added that Chandrababu fail to ensure justice to the farmers especially the tobacco growers. He promised to fight for the cause of famers saying that he would not relent until justice is done to them. (INN)