Maharashtra BJP chief says despite help, farmers still complain, apologises after backlash
Under attack from the Opposition over his comments against farmers, Maharashtra BJP chief Raosaheb Danve expressed regret over what he said, but asserted that he has always been a farmers’ sympathiser.
Danve stirred up a controversy, saying that farmers continued to complain despite the state government doling out sops to help tur growers, hit by dip in prices due to increased output.
“The state government has so far procured the highest amount of tur in the history and it is going to purchase additional one lakh tonne, still some (referring to farmers) continue to complain,” he said at Jalna in Marathwada.
Danve expressed regret on a day when the state Congress threatened to launch an agitation against him over his remarks on ‘tur dal’ growers.
The ruling ally Shiv Sena also held demonstrations in different parts of the state against Danve’s remarks.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan had earlier in the day told reporters that his party would launch a state-wide stir from tomorrow against Danve’s “derogatory” comments.
He also demanded an apology from the BJP over Danve’s remarks against the farmers.
Danve was replying to a question by a BJP worker who had asked him how he should respond to the farmers on delayed …read more