Orissa`s prosperity depends on farmer`s development: Rajnath

Lashing out at BJD government in Orissa for alleged farmer suicide, BJP Thursday said CM Naveen Patnaik must realise that the state would prosper only if the farmers gain prosperity and not by mindless industrialisation.

Last Updated: Jul 01, 2010, 15:31 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Lashing out at BJD
government in Orissa for alleged farmer suicide, BJP Thursday
said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik must realise that the state
would prosper only if the farmers gain prosperity and not
simply by mindless industrialisation.

"Suicide by farmers in Orissa is a matter of concern.
While pursuing industrialisation, BJD government must make
efforts to mitigate the plight of the peasants," BJP stalwart
Rajnath Singh told reporters here.

"Orissa cannot move on the path of prosperity if the
farmers do not prosper. Naveen Patnaik must realise this,"
Singh, who was here to as part of BJP`s country-wide
campaign against price rise, said.

Stating that the public distribution system (PDS) had
collapsed in Orissa, the former BJP president said foodgrains
like wheat were rotting in godowns but the poor people were
unable to get the commodities.

Singh said various surveys showed that states ruled by
BJP and NDA have been performing better than those governed by
Congress.

Not a single farmer has committed suicide in BJP-ruled
Chhattisgarh where the government is trying its best to deal
with Maoist menace, he said.

PTI