Updated December 27th, 2023 at 08:48 IST
K'taka CM Siddaramaiah rejects his minister's remark on farmers, calls it unacceptable
The opposition parties BJP and the JDS have been attacking the Congress government over the remark calling it an ‘anti-farmer government’.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddarmaiah on Tuesday termed his own minister Shivanand Patil’s comments on farmers as unacceptable and urged people to take his comments out of context. The CM’s remark on the issue came after Shivanand Patil’s statement against farmers sparked major political debate in the state. The Karnataka CM, however, mentioned that Patil might not have any wrong intentions towards farmers.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), meanwhile has been targeting the Congress and Karnataka Minister Shivanand Patil for his statement and called the Siddaramaiah led government in Karnataka an ‘anti-farmer government’.
Earlier, Karnataka Co-operation Minister, Shivanand Patil had said, “The Krishna River water is free. As many regions in north Karnataka are hit by drought, the chief minister is even giving seeds and fertilisers for free. Now farmers are wishing for the drought to repeatedly hit the state as their loans get waived, which is not a right manner.”
BJP, JDS have sought a public apology from Shivanand Patil
Following the minister’s statement, the opposition parties BJP and the JDS have been attacking the Congress government over the remark calling it an ‘anti-farmer government’. Not only this, former-CM HD Kumaraswamy and BJP state chief Vijayendra Yediyurappa demanded that the minister should make a public apology to the farmers.
The Karnataka CM, while responding to the entire controversy on Tuesday said, “It's crucial to speak with respect about farmers, who are our food providers. We must avoid making casual comments that could be perceived as disrespectful. Adhering strictly to this code of conduct is a responsibility for all.”
Taking a guard for his minister, the chief minister also said, “Agriculture Minister Shivanand Patil, who hails from a farming family, surely cannot have the intention to insult farmers. He has made some remarks in jest with the farmers around him. However, when applied to the entire farming community, these can be taken out of context and become offensive. This is unacceptable.”
Taking the charge back to the opposition parties, Siddaramaiah stated that the BJP leaders do not have any moral ground to attack the Congress government on farmers’ issues. “BJP leaders, who have not done anything for the welfare of farmers and are fundamentally anti-farmer, are waiting for opportunities like this to create controversy over Shivanand Patil's statements. When farmers asked for seeds and fertilisers, they were shot dead; when they asked for loan waivers, the BJP leaders sarcastically remarked that they don’t have a note-printing machine. Given this backdrop, how can BJP leaders justifiably criticise the Congress party on moral grounds?” the Karnataka CM said.
Published December 27th, 2023 at 00:08 IST