Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the five-acre land restriction for the use of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana incentive would soon be removed. Speaking at a BJP election rally in Belagavi District’s Chikkodi on Thursday, Mr. Modi said, “We plan to remove the five-acre land restriction… All types of farmers will be given incentives.
“However, they will not be able to stop this for long. Modi sarkar will return to power on May 23 and I will make sure you will all get the benefits even if the State government does not send us any list,” he said. He accused the government of preventing Karnataka farmers from benefiting from the scheme by not sending the list of eligible farmers to the Centre.
Promising a series of steps to help farmers, he said a pension scheme would be launched soon for farmers who had stopped working and his government would spend Rs. 25 lakh crore on the welfare of farmers. He said it would set up a national warehouse and cold storage network to ensure that farms are connected by roads and that their yields are not spoiled. Farm production processing will be a focus area, he said.
Focus on irrigation
The Prime Minister also announced the establishment of a new ministry called’ Jal Shakti Mantralay’ to work exclusively on expanding the nation’s irrigation potential. “We were working on universal electrification in our first term. Now we’re going to concentrate on irrigation, “he said. He also said micro-solar grids would be set up by the government to help farmers produce, use and sell solar power. Accusing Congress of having a corruption and dynastic politics agenda, he went to narrate the achievements of his own government, including Ayushman Bharat, and “reduced inflation from 10% to 2-3%.”
Attack on Cong-JD(S)
Mr. Modi then attacked the coalition of Congress-Janata Dal (S) on certain issues about what he called their “anti-national positions.”
“Congress leaders have shown that they will support separatists and terrorists and not our patriotic soldiers. The Congress has promised to scrap AFSPA [Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act] and allow separatists and terrorists to file false cases against soldiers. It has shown that it believes in the evidence produced by Pakistan and not that by our government,” he said.
Mr. Modi also said that the Karnataka Congress president had insulted Hinduism by calling it “opium” and that Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had insulted soldiers by linking their poverty to patriotism. “He [Mr. Kumaraswamy] said that poor people join the army when they fail to make a livelihood. This is a grave insult. Several thousands of young men from Karnataka join the army every year. Does patriotism motivate them or poverty?” he asked.
Mocking the coalition partners, the Prime Minister said that they agreed only on three things — abusing nationalism, backing dynastic politics, and supporting corruption. “They also agree on one more thing: abuse Modi all day long. They don’t agree on anything else,” he said.
ECI Guideline violated by PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has violated the Election Commission directive on not seeking votes in the name of the soldiers martyred in Pulwama.
At a campaign rally in Chikkodi on Thursday, he asked the crowd to tell him whether the country should avenge the death of soldiers. “Should we enter Pakistan and beat up the terrorists or not? To do all this, should we have a strong government or not? To have a strong government, should we have a strong leader or not? Should you support me in this election or not?” he asked the crowd.
Earlier, former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and MP Suresh Angadi also violated this ECI guideline. Mr. Angadi said Mr. Modi had dared to enter Pakistan and teach a lesson to terrorists while Mr. Shettar said Mr. Modi had retaliated within 12 days of the Pulwama attack.
Mr. Shettar also ridiculed the JD(S) as a party of one family. He claimed that the BJP was free of dynastic politics.