Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for criticizing the state government's farm loan waiver schemeand referred to like him "anti-farmer". Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, he questioned Modi's ethical right to criticize the state authorities on the problem.
"I had double led delegations (to Modi) as a chief minister, he didn't comply with waive a single rupee. What ethical right will he have?" said Siddaramaiah who is additionally head of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coordination committee in Karnataka.
Alleging that Modi and his government were against the agriculture sector, he questioned their contribution to the farming community. "Ok we've given lollipop, what pop has he given? What has he given?" Siddaramaiah asked.
"What has he and his party governments done in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh till recently, and in Bihar and alternative states wherever the BJP is running a coalition government?" he questioned. Addressing a rally at Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh last week, Modi had said that the Congress secure loan waivers to lakhs of farmers, however the JD(S)-Congress coalition in Karnataka didn't deliver.
"Lollipops were handed out. The loan waiver was given to only 800 farmers," he had claimed. CM H D Kumaraswamy has conjointly hit out at Modi for terming the state government's loan waiver scheme for farmers "one of the most cruel jokes", accusing him of deceptive the country for "political gains".