Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president A Revanth Reddy announced that his party would wage a decisive battle against state and central government to protect the interest of paddy farmers.
In his concluding speech at two-day 'Vari Deekhsha' organized by Kisan Congress at Dharna Chowk, Indira Park on Sunday, Revanth Reddy said an all-party delegation would submit a representation to Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on November 29.
Besides raising the issue of paddy procurement in the Parliament, a 'dharna' is being planned at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi between December 9 and 13.
Revanth Reddy alleged that the TRS government in the state and the BJP government at the Centre have jointly conspired to create the present paddy procurement crisis.
"Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao claims to be a farmer who earns a profit of Rs 1 crore per acre. But he behaved as if he wasn't aware of the process involved in paddy procurement. All the processes including tenders for procurement of gunny bags and transportation, fixing of millers' quota and the shifting of paddy to FCI godowns were slowed down. These processes normally start in August. But thousands of farmers are waiting at their farm yarns and procurement centers. Following unseasonal rains, the paddy stocked up at many procurement centers had got soaked and started sprouting. This is not a natural disaster, but the devastation caused by the negligent and idiotic attitude of KCR," he said.
He said several farmers lost their lives while waiting to sell their paddy produce at the barns or procurement center. He said those deaths are 'murders' and the state government is responsible for that. Revanth Reddy said both TRS and BJP leaders enacted the drama to support paddy farmers.
"KCR enacted the drama of staging dharna for paddy farmers. He staged a 'dharna' in Hyderabad but indulged in 'dhanda' in Delhi. KCR claimed that he was going to Delhi to wage a war against the BJP government. However, he preferred to stay at the residence of TRS MP Suresh Reddy in Delhi. A delegation comprising Ministers KTR, Mahmood Ali, and others were sent to meet Union Agriculture Minister Piyush Goyal. Neither KTR nor Mahmood Ali were even aware of how paddy is grown. The only assurance KCR got from Delhi was that the Telangana BJP leaders will no more talk about paddy farmers," he said.