BJP MLA praises previous NC-Cong Govt in J&K LA, slams PDP-BJP for being ‘anti-farmer’

Jammu, Jan 16: Leaving own party ‘red faced’, Bharaitya Janata Party MLA from Marh Constituency Sukhnandan Choudhary on Tuesday slammed PDP-BJP Government for allegedly being ‘anti-farmer’ and had all words of appreciation for previous NC-Congress regime asserting that they were farmer friendly.
“No doubt the budget presented by the present government is good but it has nothing to benefit farmers community,” the MLA said in his speech on reply to budget in the House.
He said, “you (government) gave so much of relief in the Horticulture field and other sector, which were Kashmir centric but Jammu based farmers were ignored.” The Legislator said, “where is relief to the farmers for basmati?” “It is really unfortunate that the farmers got no relief from the government,” said the MLA.
However, in between his address, the Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu left the House, which fumed the legislator.
“This shows how much the government is serious in addressing the issues and concerns of farmers,” he reacted.
Choudhary said, “the present government is non-serious and anti-farmer,” adding, “the previous government was much better as we pressed them to address concerns of farmers and they did.” The MLA on this got thumping from the Opposition in the House.
“De-silting of canals have not yet started as water is required by the farmers for sowing crop but without this exercise, the water will be released and required quantity of water will not reach to farmers,” he added.
The MLA also raised an issue of compensation to farmers whose land is being acquired by the government in view of Ring Road Project.
Kanals of land has been acquired but compensation announced is meagre.
Choudhary while making a point to the Law and Parliamentary Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri said, “like Kashmir, why don’t you postpone the project in Jammu too. You want to bring farmers to the verge of starvation.” The legislator also made a mention of alleged backdoor appointments in the J&K Bank.
He further added, “no matters what will my party says but being a farmer and their representative, I will lead the agitation from front if the government will not consider the matter concerning farmers and their welfare.” (UNI)