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KCR gives 24-hr deadline to PM over paddy issue at Delhi protest: ‘Farmers can topple govt’

By Priyanka Verma 
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NEW DELHI : Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday, April 11, warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi against “messing up with the farmers”! The Telangana Chief Minister challenged the Prime Minister over the Centre’s paddy procurement policy and said that they would “go after the government” if crops are not “procured uniformly” within the next 24 hours.

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“I warn PM Modi that you can’t mess with farmers. Indian history is a testament that wherever farmers cried, the government loses power. Nobody is permanent… When in power, don’t treat farmers unfairly,” news agency quoted KCR as saying.

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“Telangana demands their right. I would like to say to the PM to frame a new agriculture policy and we will also contribute to that. If you will not do it then you will be removed and the new government will make a new integrated agriculture policy,” the chief minister at the dharna site.

KCR said farmers are not beggars, they have the right to seek minimum support price (MSP) for their produce.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) working president and minister KT Rama Rao, many TRS bigwigs, including ministers, MPs, MLAs and MLCs also joined the protest.

“With folded hands, I urge Modiji and (Piyush) Goyal ji to respond to the state’s demand on paddy procurement within 24 hours. After that, we will take a call,” Rao said.

KCR also hit out at Piyush Goyal and claimed that the latter reacted “harshly” when the state Agriculture Minister had met the Union Minister.

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“When our agriculture minister came to Delhi, Piyush Goyal reacted harshly. Goyal asked him to eat broken rice. Piyush Goyal is Piyush Golmaal, I don’t know what he understands,” he said.

The Telangana CM, KCR was joined by farmer leader Rakesh Tikait in the protest against the Centre. KCR welcomed his presence and assured him of his state’s support.

“Rakesh Tikait, I want to assure you that the whole of Telangana is with you. Everyone saw the way you protested in Delhi. You also made the Prime Minister apologise,” he said.

Slamming the BJP for the procurement policy, the Chief Minister said that if the government does not frame a new agriculture policy, the public will remove the government.

“Telangana demands its right. I would urge PM to frame a new agriculture policy and we will contribute. If not then the public will remove you and frame a new agriculture policy,” he added.

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