Mangaluru: July 19, 2015: Minister for health and family welfare UT Khader has launched a broadside against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not responding to the agrarian crisis in the country.
Noting that Modi’s social media ventures such as selfies with daughter will not help solve nation’s problems, Khader said that the centre must instead take proactive steps to address farmer woes and that of the common man in a more realistic manner.
Piqued by the reported statement of Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel criticizing chief minister Siddaramaiah for the rising farmer suicides in the state, Khader said the number of steps taken by Siddaramaiah to help ease problems of farmers is second to none. "The cabinet has time and again stepped in to bail out farmers hit by agrarian crisis, be it those affected by hailstone in Vijayapura or by flash floods in North Karnataka without waiting for centre’s help," he said.
Noting that Nalin had questioned the lack of interest of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for not visiting Karnataka and interacting with farmers here, a move that he had been doing in BJP-ruled states facing a similar crisis, Khader said it is heartening to note that the BJP has started taking note of Rahul’s leadership. "If the BJP MPs including Nalin are taking note of Rahul’s work, it is certainly an acknowledgement of his leadership qualities," Khader added.
Picking holes in foreign policy of the NDA government, Khader said Modi is undermining national honour by striving to build bridges with Pakistan at a time when the prickly neighbouring country continues to rattle the sabre.
"Steps to normalize relationship with Pakistan at a time when it is killing our soldiers along Line of Control is inexplicable," he said demanding that the Centre release a white paper on number of soldiers so martyred since Modi took over. Noting that the BJP was opposed to normalization of cricketing ties with arch rivals Pakistan and had even criticized former PM Manmohan Singh when the UPA government tried this route out, Khader said it is strange that NDA government is now proposing the sam e by holding a bilateral series in a neutral venue - Dubai.
"A party that attacked Congress led UPA and Manmohan Singh now has a lot of explaining to do on this initiative it opposed in the past," Khader added.