Telangana News: We are witnessing an interesting and never-before experienced situation wherein the parties in power are protesting against each other for a cause. In the process politics has won and the cause has been taken for granted! This is the reflection of present situation in Telangana. Both Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) which is power in the state and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is power in centre are protesting seeking each other to procure paddy from the farmers. At the end of the day who will come forward to buy paddy and save the farmers?
TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao has been suggesting farmers to go for alternative cropping since the Union government led by BJP has clearly written that it will not procure paddy for few seasons. This call of KCR has been making larger repercussions in the farming community of Telangana. Creating confusion in the minds of farmers, BJP said that no such written dictate from the Union government was issued and farmers can cultivate paddy!
This went overboard when KCR, through a media conference, vented out his anger and said that BJP was playing with the lives of the farmers. He challenged the BJP to procure paddy as it was the duty of the centre to procure farmers’ produce. On the other hand, the BJP leaders mention that the state government had to establish 6,500 paddy procurement centrers all over the state, “but KCR government had setup only 1000 centres, it is the responsibility of the state to procure the paddy produced by farmers,” said BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar.
Bandi said, “KCR government was discouraging farmers from cultivating farmers because paddy cultivation requires constant water supply and for this government has to provide electricity. To escape from the burden of purchasing electricity, the state government was asking farmers to avoid paddy.”
Blaming each other the people in power have organised dharnas in the state over the last two days. Both tried to show their political muscle. Were they serious about solving the problem of the farmers? “It was just a political gimmick played by both the parties. If people believe them, especially farmers, they will be left in the lurch. They are trying to gain political mileage and least bothered about the lives of the farmers,” a senior journalist in Hyderabad said.
“It is the Union government and the state government which should be purchasing paddy from the farmers. Instead they are staging dharnas accusing each other of leaving farmers in a lurch. Both the parties are playing a political drama by staging dharnas over paddy procurement,” senior Congress leader of the state Bhatti Vikramarka said.