Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh Assembly T S Singhdeo Sunday slammed the BJP government in the state, saying that a government which failed to fulfil its promises to farmers, does not have the right to ask for their votes again.
Addressing a farmers’ rally in Rajnandgaon district, the Congress leader targeted the BJP for failing to pay paddy bonus for two years.
Ahead of the 2013 state polls, the BJP had promised that they will pay farmers Rs 2,100 as support price for paddy and an annual bonus of Rs 300 per quintal. During its current term, the BJP government has come under fire for not raising support price for farmers and its failure to give the bonus for two years.
“The government said they will give farmers Rs 2,400 — Rs 2,100 as support price and Rs 300 as bonus. They don’t have the right to come to you and ask for votes. Currently, even with bonus, farmers only get Rs 2,050… We will also try to pay the bonus for two years — which the BJP government has not paid yet — in instalments,” he said.