Andhra Pradesh AICC in-charge Oommen Chandy today lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the latter's treatment of the nation's agrarian community was marked by deep apathy and neglect.
"Despite the fact that more than half the country is dependent on agricultural livelihoods, the Centre and the PM have both treated the farming community very poorly, and have shown little regard for the problems being faced by it," Chandy said.
Referring to the recently introduced farm Acts, the Congress leader pointed out that the decision was not only detrimental to the well-being of the farmers, but had been made ignoring the fact that agriculture was a state subject.
"When agriculture is a state subject, how can the Centre interfere in matters related to the sector? Its interference, coupled with its recent actions, has revealed its ghastly anti-farmer attitude," he said.
Chandy also alleged that the BJP had forgotten the original 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisaan' slogan, and had distorted its very meaning with the introduction of the new agricultural legislations.
He urged the farmers of the state and the country to come together to oust the BJP-led union government, and the various state governments headed by the party, and assured the famers that the Congress would support them by launching a protest program to fight for their rights, soon.
APCC president Sake Sailajanath also spoke about the issues being faced by the farmers in the state, and added that the party would strongly oppose any anti-farmer decisions taken by either the state or the union government.
The Congress leaders in both the Telugu-speaking states have been very vocal about their opposition to the farm laws. In fact, the leaders of the Telangana Congress, led by TPCC head N Uttam Kumar Reddy, recently unveiled a comprehensive protest plan
against the Telangana government's decision to implement three controversial laws.