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Rahul Gandhi Questions PM Modi’s Apathy Towards Sugarcane Farmers Of UP

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| May 27 , 2018 , 16:19 IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's apathy towards sugarcane farmers of Uttar Pradesh. This came less than an hour after the Prime Minister concluded his program at Baghpat in UP.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway and followed up with the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat and conducted a roadshow atop an open car.

Read: PM Modi Inaugurates Delhi-Meerut Expressway & Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Slams Congress

Addressing a public meeting at Baghpat, much of Prime Minister’s speech was focused towards the criticism of the previous Congress Governments and the development under his government. He also spoke about sugarcane farmers of Uttar Pradesh and assured them that he had their best interests in mind.

"We have taken a big decision to ensure that no time is wasted in getting sugarcane dues from sugar mills to farmers. The government has decided that sugar mills will be given 5rupees 50 paisa per quintal of sugarcane. This amount, however, will be transferred directly to the accounts of the farmers instead of the mills," Modi said.

The opposition parties cried foul, citing that this was an attempt at an indirect campaign to the Kairana bypolls. Kairana, which is less than 100 kilometres from PM Modi’s program, goes to by-poll on Monday because of which Sunday is the no-campaign day.

Farmers in Kairana, Baghpat and other parts of western Uttar Pradesh have been protesting the non-payment of sugarcane dues from the mills. Udayveer, a farmer from Baraut area of Baghpat died on Sunday morning. He had been protesting against the hike in power prices and the sugarcane dues for the last five days

In a stinging tweet, Rahul Gandhi wrote, “The sugarcane farmers of Uttar Pradesh must be wondering why the Prime Minister who came to take credit of a UPA era project, did not notice them while he tore through their fields in his roadshow. Unfortunately, farmers like Udayveer, who gave up their lives, fighting for their rights, can’t even think.”