We will stall Assembly on farmers’ Issues: YS Jagan

Hyderabad: YSR Congress Party chief and Leader of Opposition in the AP Assembly, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that his party would stall the special session of the AP Assembly to ratify the Goods and Services Act. He said that the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP Government is insensitive to the plight of the farmers and is doing precious littel to ensure fair price to the farm produce.

Talking to mediapersons after the legislature party meet to chalk out the strategy for the special session of the assembly, he said that ratifying the GST bill was a mere formality and that even YSRCP was backing it. He said the party had supported GST bill in Parlaiment and would support in the state too. But, farmers issues are more important and their problems need to be addressed immediately. He said the farmers were not getting remunerative prices for their produce and mired in poverty, they are being driven to suicide.

The YSRCP Chief said the Government must set up a price stabilisation fund with Rs 5000 crore as promised during the 2014 elections. He also demanded that the Government purchase the farm produce at remunerative prices.

Strongly defending his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, YS Jagan asked who would anyone meet to get farmers issues addressed. "One would not go to Donald Trump or a US Governor. We have to go to the prime minister and that's what we did," he said. He said he had raised the issue of use of official machinery to harass him and his party. He pointed out that efforts were on to get his bail cancelled against the provisions of the constitution. He said the Government was giving selective leaks of unverifiable information to tarnish his image.

YS Jagan also said that a section of media was stooping low to peddle misinformation.

He said he had taken up the issue of special state status to Andhra Pradesh and AgriGold scam. "We raised the CAG indictment of Chandrababu regime and the allegations of corruption against the Government," he said. He also pointed out that while everything about his Delhi tour was open and transparant, the chief minister's Delhi tour was secretive.

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