Zee Media Bureau
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday hit out at the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, holding a red flag over the ordinance on the Food Security Bill.
Addressing a press conference, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister termed the Food Security Bill as anti-farmer, saying, “We have said that the Food Security Bill should not impact the farmers.”
"The ordinance has been brought keeping in mind Lok Sabha polls...The intentions of Congress are not good and my party would look into it and see that interest of farmers is not harmed. Congress is only doing vote politics," Yadav told reporters.
"Over five lakh people died, mostly in Maharashtra, due to starvation.....Why the government did not distribute food grains to them then...The condition of Congress is not good in the entire country and the ordinance is a mere propaganda", he alleged.
Noting that the Parliament session was scheduled this month, he said the matter could have been discussed in the House.
Yadav said his party had some apprehensions on the ordinance and he would like to clear them. "We will clear whether it will keep interest of farmers or not besides giving the advise to give free wheat to people instead of charging Rs 2-3 per kg for them", Yadav said.
"We are alert and farmers are alert too. We will read the entire ordinance and will do the needful", he said.
Asked why the SP was supporting the UPA government when it did not agree with Congress policies, Yadav said that he was not part of the UPA and was supporting it only to keep communal forces at bay.
"When nuclear deal was done, we were promised it would be used for power generation and making atom bomb ...Both of which did not happen," Yadav said.
This came even as the UPA government on Friday strongly defended the ordinance on Food Security Bill and stressed that the scheme will tackle hunger and malnutrition in the country.
“We had no option but to bring an ordinance, the Opposition does not want to discuss or pass this Bill in Parliament,” Maken said.
The Food Security programme when implemented will be the biggest in the world with the government spending estimated at Rs 125,000 crore annually on supply of about 62 million tonnes of rice, wheat and coarse cereals to 67 per cent of the population.
With PTI inputs