Modi woos farmers, BJP MP mocks them
SEHORE/MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wooed rural India with a crop insurance scheme designed to protect 700 million farmers from natural disasters, an initiative that may help fend off criticism that his government is anti-farmer.
But the advantage was lost as Maharashtra’s BJP parliamentarian Gopal Shetty allegedly called farmer suicides a “fashion” and a “trend”, sparking outrage as the state is struggling with drought for the third consecutive year.
Modi’s NDA government has been facing widespread criticism of ignoring rural India as farmers, grappling with unseasonal rains, hailstorms, drought and debt, were driven to suicide. Maharashtra alone has reported 124 farm suicides since January.
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