PM should worry about drought, price rise not us: BJP
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 30, 2009, 21:03
New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh commented about the problems within BJP, the party on Sunday expressed its ire saying instead of worrying about it he should concentrate on tackling drought and price rise even as party president Rajnath Singh wrote a letter to him on the twin issues affecting the country.

"The Prime Minister is worried about the BJP. We have told him to worry about price rise and drought and give relief to the people. We will worry about the BJP, you worry about the people and if you don't then we will compel you to do it through agitations," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

Yesterday Singh commented in Ramsar, about 60 km from Barmer, that there should be stability in all parties.

"It (infighting in BJP) is not good. In a democracy, stability in political parties is necessary. If there is instability, it will have an impact on the country," he said when asked about the crisis in BJP.

Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh today wrote a letter to the Prime Minister demanding setting up of a National Task Force on adaptation to climate change and sustainable agriculture in the wake of the prevailing drought in the country.

"A determined national alliance and action by all stakeholders, including the government, policy planners, scientists, civil society, and, of course, the farmers, is a must to blunt the disaster," the BJP president said in his letter.

The BJP president said nearly 250 districts of the country have been declared drought-affected and foodgrain production may dip substantially by 10 per cent, affecting the rabi crops as well.

"The drought in Kharif season and high temperatures in Rabi season will respectively weaken rice and wheat economy -- the two legs of food security and agrarian prosperity of the nation," he said.

Expressing concern over the affect of drought on prices of foodgrains, Singh said "Due to weak monsoon, the spiralling prices of foodgrains are further shooting up and taking its toll on the poor," he said.

The BJP leader has demanded that the government should make arrangements to ensure immediate supply of foodgrains to poor and needy at nominal prices.

"Establishment of village seed banks, foodgrain banks, feed and fodder banks, water banks and village knowledge centres for early warning and information sharing will also go a long way in mitigating the adverse impacts arising from climate change," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 30, 2009, 21:03

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