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KTR accuses BJP of preparing to tax farmers after pushing them into crisis

IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao launched a broadside against the BJP-led Centre on Tuesday, accusing it of driving the country’s farming community into crisis and considering taxes on farmers’ income.

In an article, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council Chairman Bibek Debroy recommended a levy of income tax on farmers’ income, he said, adding that farmers were already concerned about rising input costs and poor prices for their yields.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to double farmers’ income by 2022, but instead, when farmers’ income was dwindling, the BJP government was preparing to levy income tax on them. He questioned how this could be justified.

The Minister was speaking after laying the foundation for various development projects in the district, as well as inaugurating facilities at a total cost of Rs.196 crore.

In light of the BJP’s reported plans to make Modi contest from Mahabubnagar parliamentary constituency in the next general elections, Rama Rao questioned why people should cast their votes for the Prime Minister.

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Telangana had been pleading with the Union government for eight years to resolve the River Krishna water-sharing dispute and to grant national status to the Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation (PRLI) scheme, but the Centre had been ignoring these for the last eight years. He asked why the people should vote for the Prime Minister then.

He also heavily criticized the BJP State unit for failing to raise long-pending issues of Telangana with the Union government. Since the BJP State Executive meeting was taking place at Mahabubnagar, he wanted the BJP leaders to pass resolutions demanding national status for PRLI and to fix the River Krishna water dispute.

“If the BJP leaders in Telangana have a spine, I demand them to pass these resolutions and prove their commitment to the State,” Rama Rao said.






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