BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda in Bengal is now on a tour of Bengal once again with a new campaign. This campaign is being launched under the name ‘Ek Mutthi Chawal’. The BJP president will not only eat food at the farmer’s house, but will also ask for a handful of rice from the Annadatas. After this, BJP leaders and workers will go from house to house in 48 thousand villages and collect a handful of rice and tell them about the new agricultural laws.
In fact, the way the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stands in support of the farmer movement, the BJP is working on its strategy to neutralize the impact in the Bengal elections. In such a situation, this new campaign of BJP is going to start to keep the farmers connected with the party.
By establishing direct relations with the Annadatas, they have to know their problems and tell them about the new law. Not only this, Congressmen and Left leaders from Trinamool are attacking that BJP is arrogant and anti-farmer. BJP has a strategy to answer that attack somewhere through this campaign. Not only this, whatever grain will be collected during this campaign, food will be prepared in the community kitchen for the farmers and the poor. The party plans to run community kitchens across the state between January 25-30, where poor people will be served food. It is not that the BJP is starting a new campaign. The Trinamool is not far behind in this.
BJP president J P Nadda ate the humble khichdi seated on the floor with the farmers in Malda as he reached out to peasants on Saturday February 6, 2021, in election bound West Bengal and excoriated the Mamata Banerjee government for depriving them of the benefits of the PM Kisan Scheme to “satisfy her ego”.
Nadda was addressing a rally of farmers during the last phase of the month-long ‘Krishak Suraksha Abhiyan’ and ‘Ek Muthi Chawal’ campaign which he had flagged off in order to mobilise the farming community in the state in favour of BJP.
On a day when farmer unions have called a ‘chaka jam” against three contentious agricultural laws, Nadda reaffirmed the BJP and the Narendra Modi government’s commitment to the welfare of the farming community.
Mocking Banarjee for agreeing to implement the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana only after realising that her party is fast losing ground among the farmers in the state. Nadda vowed justice for them once BJP is voted to power in West Bengal.
“What Mamata Didi did to the farmers of Bengal by depriving them of PM Kisan Scheme was an injustice. Due to her whims and to satisfy her ego, Mamata ji did not allow the scheme to be implemented. This has affected over 70 Lakh farmers who for the last two years have been deprived of annual aid of Rs. 6,000,” he said. “Today, when about 25 lakh farmers of Bengal sent application for securing the benefits of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme to the central government. First Mamata had to back down on the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme and now she is ready to implement the scheme in Bengal. Mamata ji, elections are round the corner. Now, it’s too late,” he said, castigating the chief minister.
The programmes were also a part of BJP’s outreach to farmers to blunt the opposition’s charge that the ruling party and the Modi government were “antifarmer” following farm protests at Delhi’s boarder points.
Nadda said the prime minister recently inaugurated the 100th Kisan Rail, an initiative that will help farmers transport their produce anywhere in the country with great ease. Lauding the Modi government for its pro-farmer policies, the BJP leader said, it ensured that they got 1.5 times more than the input cost for their produce.
Nadda said the state’s people have made up their mind to bid .. “namaste and tata” to Banerjee and her party after the assembly polls.
Nadda taunted Banarjee for losing her cool after hearing ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans.
“When I was coming here, I was greeted with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans. But I don’t understand why Mamata Ji gets angry after hearing it. Had you served the farmers well, you wouldn’t have lost your cool.,” he said, while referring to the January 23 incident at Victoria Memorial Hal in Kolkata.
Banerjee had declined to speak at the event to celebrate Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary where “Jai Shri Ram” slogans were raised in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Nadda, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and other party leaders later had a community feast where they ate a humble lunch of khichdi and vegetable curry while seated on floor with farmers.
Amid chants of “Jai Shri Ram”, Nadda also led a road show in Malda.
Standing atop a decorated lorry with Dilip Ghosh and others, he showered jubilant supporters with marigold petals and waved to enthusiastic crowds that gathered along the 1 km stretch between Foara More and Guru Rabindranath Tagore’s statue.
People watched the procession from rooftops and balconies and were seen shooting videos with their mobile phones.
The streets were lined with BJP’s flags and buntings as the cavalcade inches its way through the narrow and crowded streets.
The BJP president also took a dig at Bengal CM over walking extra mile to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. “The Congress since Jawahar Lal Nehru took no interest in Netaji. Now, after th PM came to Kolkata to observe the 125th birth anniversary, the CM took the commemorative initiatives,” he said.
Nadda also cited a host of welfare schemes, namely Ayushman Bharat, Ujjwala Yojana and Soubhagya Yojana, and said: “Mamata Ji stood as a wall to prevent the PM’s welfare schemes in Bengal. She says ‘hobe na,hobe na (won’t happen) at the drop of a hat. We will turn these noes into ayes after the people of Bengal vote BJP to power.”
Nadda flagged off the “Parivartan yatra” from Nabadwip, the birth place of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and also visited a Mahaprabhu temple.