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Gowda lashes out at UPA, expresses solidarity with Naidu

Last Updated: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 00:03

Hyderabad: Former Prime Minister and Janata
Dal (Secular) president H D Deve Gowda on Saturday night lashed out at
the UPA government for "totally neglecting" the farmers of the
country and warned that it would not be able to withstand a
revolt by the people.

"I just want to caution, just warn, that once people
revolt, nobody can stop them," Gowda said addressing the
gathering at TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu`s indefinite
hunger-strike camp here tonight.
The former Prime Minister expressed "full solidarity"
with Chandrababu on the occasion.

Gowda said the recommendations of various committees,
appointed by the Centre to suggest ways for the improvement of
the agriculture sector have been put in cold storage.

"Let me tell you, this UPA government has done nothing in
the last six years for the farmers though hundreds of them
committed suicide. It is the prime responsibility of the Union
government to come to the rescue of the farmers but it failed
miserably," he said.

Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav, who also called
on Chandrababu late in the evening, said the indefinite fast
has now become a national issue.

"Thousands of crores are being siphoned off in various
scandals but the UPA government is not spending any amount
worth the name for the welfare of farmers even in times of
distress," the former Union Minister said.

Earlier in the day, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat
and politburo member B V Raghavulu called on TDP president N
Chandrababu Naidu on the second day of his indefinite
hunger-strike here today and expressed solidarity with him.
Naidu explained the leaders the reasons for undertaking
an indefinite fast as he was totally moved by the gloom of
hapless farmers who faced the brunt of "as many as five major
natural calamities in just one year."

The loss suffered by farmers was colossal while relief
announced by the state government was a pittance, Naidu said.

Karat said the government should immediately enhance
relief for farmers who were suffering untold misery this
season.

Government doctors conducted tests on the fasting former
Chief Minister this afternoon and reported that his blood
pressure was "slightly higher than normal" but sugar levels
were normal.

"Overall, his condition is very stable," they said.

Chandrababu`s wife Bhuvaneswari, son Lokesh,
daughter-in-law Brahmani and other close family members
visited the hunger-strike camp and spoke to him.

The TDP president launched an indefinite hunger-strike at
the new MLA quarters here yesterday demanding that the Centre
immediately declare the recent natural calamity in AP as a
national calamity and extend liberal aid to farmers and
artisans who bore the brunt of nature`s fury.

Thousands of TDP workers, farmers and common people from
different parts of the state visited the fast camp and
expressed their solidarity.

More than a dozen TDP legislators sat on relay
hunger-strike on the second day in solidarity with their
chief.
The TDP rank and file organised protest across the state
demanding that the government immediately grant Rs 10,000 per
acre as compensation to farmers who lost their crops due to
heavy rains early this month.

At Kanchikacharla in Krishna district, farmers gheraoed
agriculture minister Y S Vivekananda Reddy and demanded
payment of compensation immediately.

Farmers staged rasta-roko on various important highways
in the state by dumping the damaged crops on the road.

The TDP has called for a state-wide satyagraha tomorrow
in solidarity with Chandrababu.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 00:03

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