Defence Minister Rajnath Singh supported farmers during the Lakhimpur Kheri campaigns
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during his campaign in Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday marketed the BJP government as “pro-farmer,” citing the October 3 incident in which Ashish Mishra, the son of India’s junior home minister Ajay Mishra ‘Teni,’ the Lok Sabha MP from here, was arrested for allegedly running down farmers.
Four farmers and a local journalist were killed when a car purportedly related to the Union minister rolled over some farmers protesting against three farm rules that have since been repealed. In the ensuing violence, three additional persons were killed, including two BJP employees, bringing the total to eight for the day.
However, because his chopper could not land in Lakhimpur Kheri due to inclement weather, Rajnath Singh, the first senior BJP official to campaign in the region since the October 3 incident, could only speak to the people over the phone.
The venue where Rajnath Singh spoke to the crowd is around 80 kilometers from the Nighasan assembly constituency, where the October 3 event that caused a political feud occurred.
However, Rajnath Singh, the BJP’s star campaigner and the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, portrayed the Modi government as one that cared about farmers.
“No other Prime Minister in independent India has been as sensitive towards the farmers as Narendra Modi who suddenly withdrew the three farm laws only because some farmer brothers had reservations,” Rajnath Singh said.
He also emphasized Lakhimpur Kheri’s agriculture-based economy, saying the BJP government was working hard to make farming viable.
“In the union budget (2022-23) tabled on Tuesday, the government had mooted a proposal for organic farming and efforts were underway to increase the income of even the small farmers,” he added.
“The recent budget had made a record allocation of funds, unprecedented in free India. The allocation for up-gradation of the defence sector with a focus on manufacturing of defence materials and weapons in India was aimed at making the country self-reliant in defence production,” he added.
He attacked the Samajwadi Party (SP), blaming it for the terrible law and order situation during its administration, and portrayed the Bharatiya Janata Party as one that chose the route of progress.
“The Yogi government, during its five-year term, has changed the scenario and hardcore criminals are behind bars now,” he said.
Rajnath Singh was scheduled to address a public meeting around 11:30 am. He was also asked to hold a door-to-door campaign in support of party candidates Yogesh Verma from Lakhimpur and Manju Tyagi from Srinagar constituencies. That, however, did not occur since Rajnath’s chopper was unable to land.
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