Updated: November 23, 2021 7:57:23 am
BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda on Monday claimed Prime Minister Modi had done more for farmers than many peasant leaders, and lashed out at the Opposition alleging that they believe in family rule and not democracy.
Highlighting the pro-farmer measures the Modi government has taken since 2014, Nadda said at a convention of BJP booth presidents in the Gorakhpur region that the Centre had increased the agriculture budget from Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 1.23 lakh crore.
The BJP leader claimed that under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana over 10 crore farmers had received more than Rs 1.53 lakh crore directly in their bank account.
In Uttar Pradesh, about 2.54 crore farmers received the benefits of the Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, the BJP president claimed, adding that a subsidy of Rs 1,200 was being given on a DAP (fertiliser) bag. “Now, on purchase of a sack of DAP, one gets one sack of fertiliser free due to the benevolence of Modi ji,” Nadda added.
He claimed that under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana about 80 crore people were provided free foodgrain for eight months during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taking a dig at the Opposition, Nadda said that while nationalism was important for the BJP, Opposition parties believe in “parivaar tantra [dynastic politics]”. “You [Opposition leaders] have taken a theka [contract] for clapping for only one family… they replied that they are trapped and cannot do anything in this regard,” he alleged.
Nadda alleged that the Opposition promotes nepotism and indulges in vote-bank politics. In contrast, the BJP’s motto is “sabka saath, sabka vishwaas [with all and with everyone’s trust]”, he pointed out.
“We think about the progress of everyone and they think about their brother and chacha [uncle]. Now, he has stopped thinking about chacha also,” the BJP president said, in an apparent attack on Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Referring to Akhilesh’s remark on Mohammad Ali Jinnah last month that stirred controversy, Nadda said, “What is the reason that the BJP recalls Mahatma Gandhi and [Sardar] Patel but others remember Pakistan and Jinnah at the time of elections? We should understand this from the depth.”
In his address, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said while the BJP was contesting the polls under the leadership of Modi and Nadda, “terrorism supporters” and “Jinnahwadis” who always insult India were on the other, he added.
Later in the day, accompanied by Adityanath, Nadda visited the villages of the Vantangiya tribal community. He also visited Gorakhnath temple earlier in the day.
— With PTI inputs
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