The tiff between Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and the Union government led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is intensifying as both the parties are sticking to their guns and they are unable to reach of point which would turn beneficial for the farmers of the state. The blame game continues, the protest extend and political dominance is exhibited, but at the end of the day the farmer is the person who is suffering, which seems to be least bothering point for state and Union governments!
The TRS cadre will stage state-wide protests on December 20, protesting against the Union government’s anti-farmer policies and demand the centre to spell out its stance on paddy procurement from Telangana. It is understood that CM KCR has asked the MLAs of the ruling party to take leadership of these protests in a bid to inform people and build pressure on the centre about the issue.
The protests planned by the TRS leaders across the state include sit-in protest near district collectorates, road-blockades, rallies and burning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi effigies. The party cadre have been given the responsibility to reach out to people at all levels and explain the issue and how BJP-led Union government was cheating the farmers of the state. The TRS will also asking people to support their fight against the centre with regards to the Union government’s refusal to procure paddy from Telangana.
KCR asked a delegation of six state Cabinet ministers and 17 MPs belonging to TRS to head to New Delhi for taking up issues pertaining to the on-going paddy procurement for Kharif season. The delegation will comprise Ministers S Niranjan Reddy, Gangula Kamalakar, V Prashanth Reddy, G Jagadish Reddy, Errabelli Dayakar Rao and Puvvada Ajay Kumar along with TRS Parliamentary party leader K Keshava Rao, TRS Lok Sabha floor leader Nama Nageshwara Rao and other MPs.
The state delegation has already sought appointment of PM Modi and Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal to explain the prevailing situation in the state and request the centre to clarify its stand on remaining paddy stocks for this season. But the minister has made it clear on the paddy issue (procurement of parboiled rice) in the Parliament to MPs from Telangana and Odisha, and said, “Telangana and Odisha cannot be helped at the cost of other states”.