Congress shedding crocodile tears for farmers: Ananth Kumar

As opposition accused the ruling government led by PM Narendra Modi of doing nothing to aid the farmers in the country, BJP retaliated by saying that the opposition and Congress was shedding crocodile tears and false sympathies.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 21, 2017 3:12 pm
anant Kkumar, parliamentary affairs minister While Congress blamed the government for neglecting farmers, BJP called it crocodile tears. (Source: PTI)

The Congress and the ruling BJP members on Friday traded charges over the farmers issue in the Lok Sabha, after the opposition members accused the government of doing nothing to help the crisis-hit peasants. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar accused the Congress of “shedding crocodile tears”, noting that it had walked out of the House on Wednesday when other members sat for hours to debate the issue.

The protests occurred during the Question Hour and later during the Zero Hour when Congress members trooped into the Well and shouted slogans. During the Question Hour, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan repeatedly told them their action was not proper. Similar scenes were witnessed when the House took up Zero Hour when Kumar too attacked the protesting Congress members,who then staged a walk out. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Deepender Hooda(Cong) said the farmers had hit the streets from Andhra Pradesh to Haryana and Madhya Pradesh and his party was not satisfied with the government’s reply.

BJP members kept asking what the Congress government did for the past 60 years, he said, retorting that farmers were deeper into debt in the last three years of the NDA government than they were ever earlier. In its reply, the government has not touched upon the demand for waiving off of farm loans and implementing the Swaminathan commission report, Hooda said.

Amid protests by BJP members against Hooda’s remarks, Kumar hit back at the Congress and asked why its members were not present on Wednesday when a long-drawn discussion on the issue lasted till 10.30 PM at night. “Where were Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi? Where were you? Now you are shedding crocodile tears… You are now showing false sympathies,” the Minister told the Congress members. Citing schemes like farm insurance and easy availability of fertilizers, the parliamentary affairs minister said no government had done so much for farmers as the Modi government did in the last three years.

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  1. Roby Mani
    Jul 21, 2017 at 8:18 pm
    It is high time the BJP stop questioning what the congress did for 60 years and start answering what they have done in 3 years. The congress in their 60 years of rule have increased food production from 62 million tonnes to 235 million tonnes. Converted food grain importing into a food grain exporting country. Made it the largest producer of milk, second largest producer of vegetables and third largest producer of fruits. Opened Agricultural Universities and concentrated on research for technological improvement. Nationalised Banks in order to route credit to the farmers as private banks were reluctant to lend to the sector . In short the congress government ensured all round improvement of agriculture by concentrating on irrigation, quality imputs, technological , credit and market development. The BJP has inherited all this and it is time they improve on it rather than questioning it. less talk more work is what is required rather than the bull we get presently
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    1. Sankaran Krishnan
      Jul 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm
      It is a known fact that the corrupt Congress Party is shedding Crocodile tears right from their First PM Nehru to the last one MMS and it is a shame that they play petty politics over the issues after they failed completely to address the issue of Farmers during the last several years of Congress Rule both in States and at the Centre !!! People hereafter will not believe the words and utterances of the Congress party leaders and definitely it will back fire them which can be visible during election times !!!
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      1. Roby Mani
        Jul 21, 2017 at 8:36 pm
        It is high time you stop talking corruption in congress government when ever the BJP short comings are questioned and find out what have BJP been doing for 3 years at the centre? BJP is no less corrupt than the Congress or any other politician. Why no action in Vpam or corruption against Modi for having received money from Aditya Birla and Shara? Today a charge is being levelled against the BJP workers of Kerala for having taken bribes for permitting a medical college in Kerala and the bribe money has been routed to the higher ups in Delhi. No action is being taken and when the issue was raised in parliament the speaker who is a part of the ruling party did not permit a discussion on it. So please stop trying to side track the present issue by bringing up corruption allegations. That topic has lost relevance as it has been discussed in detail and action is being taken against opposition members wherever necessary. We need solutions not talk out here.
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