Akhilesh, Shah trade charges on farmers’ relief
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of not doing anything for farmers suffering crop losses in the state, a charge that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah trashed saying it was the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) that has done nothing for them.
“Except for indulging in ‘bhashan baji’ (making speeches), the state government has done nothing for the affected farmers,” Shah said at a public meeting in Sikandarau tehsil of Hathras, hours after Yadav's remarks in the state capital.
Daring the BJP to disclose details of the funds it had given to the state for farmers, Yadav had earlier said, “I want to <g data-gr-id="31">ask,</g> if the Centre has given money, where is it? Delivering an address from a stage and claiming that thousands of crore have been given is easy, they (BJP leaders) should tell how and when it was given. I say BJP is the most ‘chalu’ (shrewd) party.”
The CM said this at his official residence where he distributed cheques to farmers whose crops were destroyed due to unseasonal rain.
Asserting that the Samajwadi Party government was trying to help farmers, Yadav said it has given Rs 7 lakh to the kin of farmers who died due to shock after suffering crop loss. “The Centre should have given Rs 14 lakh. There should be competition in giving relief to farmers...,” he said.
Strict action on disturbing peace: UP
The UP government on Friday said a peaceful atmosphere should prevail in the state and strict action would be taken against those who try to disturb it. Principal Secretary (Home) Devashish Pandey and DGP AK Jain appealed to residents not to hold protests over petty issues and instead cooperate with police to resolve them.