Vijayawada: Former MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on on Tuesday launched a tirade on the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh "for leaving distressed farmers in the lurch" and warned that any government that neglected the farmers would bite the dust.
"How many more farmers should die before you come to their rescue and pay adequate compensation? Are not the hapless farmers` tears visible to the government`s eyes," Jagan questioned angrily, addressing a huge crowd at his 48-hour hunger-strike camp here this evening.
He also warned that the Congress would not be able to even retain deposits in the next elections if it continued to remain indifferent to the farmers’ plight.
The significant aspect of Jagan?s `Lakshya Deeksha`, hunger-strike for farmers coinciding with his 37th birthday today, was the presence of many Congress legislators who extended their solidarity with him while more legislators are expected to visit the camp tomorrow.
The rebel leader, who quit Congress early this month and subsequently announced that he would launch his own political outfit said that the current Congress government in Andhra Pradesh was in power because of his father late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
"My father always strove for the welfare of farmers. But the current government that claims to be inspired by YSR has totally ignored the farmers at a time when they suffered blow after blow at the hands of the nature," Jagan lashed out.
"You can not find any difference between the government and the traders in purchasing damaged paddy from distressed farmers. What good is the government if it does not procure damaged paddy from farmers by paying minimum support price" he questioned.