If Andhra govt fails to be pro-farmer it will go: Jagan

Former Congress MP Jagan Reddy Thursday said the Andhra govt would have to bid goodbye to power in the state if it neglected farmers.

Updated: Dec 23, 2010, 16:29 PM IST

Vijayawada: Hitting out at the Congress
rule in Andhra Pradesh for its poor response to providing
relief to rain-hit farmers, former Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan
Reddy Thursday said the government would have to bid goodbye to
power in the state, if it neglected farmers.

"If this government feels that elections are three years
away and that they need not take care of farmers, then it will
go into a situation where it would not even get deposits. At
least now, this government should open its eyes and rectify
its mistakes. If it fails to become farmer-friendly, then I
warn that the time has arrived for this government to go," he
said.

He was addressing a concluding public meeting on the
banks of Krishna river here where he held a hunger fast for 48
hours demanding adequate compensation for farmers who suffered
massive crop losses due to frequent cyclones, heavy rains and
floods in the state during the last one year.

The relief package announced by the government failed
to stop the suicides by the farmers in distress, he charged.

"While 42 farmers ended their lives before the
government announced the relief package, 84 farmers died after
the package was announced. Does this government still not feel
not ashamed of it," he asked.

Stating that the farmers would not have suffered so much
had his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy been alive, Jagan said
the Congress government lacked the "sensitivity and spirit"
of the late Chief Minister.
Coming down heavily on Telugu Desam chief Chandrababu
Naidu, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike in
Hyderabad for the last six days, Jagan alleged that the
former Chief Minister did not do anything for farmers while in
power.

"Naidu described agriculture as a waste when he was in
power. He ridiculed my father`s promise of free power to
farmers. Such a man is now sitting on an indefinite fast.
Though he has been fasting for the last six days, his BP and
sugar levels have not come down," he said.

The Congress government and the main opposition TDP are
only two sides of the same coin when it came to neglecting
the farmers, weavers and others, he charged.
Claiming that the TDP tried to hurt his 48-hour fast
programme, he wondered why the main opposition party called
for a shut down on the day he began his fast and called for a
road blockade today when the fast concluded.

The Congress government and the TDP appeared to be
having an understanding in leaving the farmers to their own
fate, Jagan alleged.

He said he would intensify his protests on agriculture
and farmers` issues.

Jagan broke his 48-hour-long fast later with a farmer
offering him lemon juice.

PTI