Inviting representatives of various farmer organisations for dialogue on problems faced by the farming community, BJP's Kisan Morcha chief Virendra Singh Mast said that he would take up their genuine demands with the government. At a press conference here, Mast said, "I had invited the leaders of various farmers' organisations when they took out a march last week and I am again saying that I am open for discussion on all issues faced by farmers and will take up their genuine demands with the government."
He accused the opposition parties of politicising the issue and "using" the farmers to remain relevant.
Claiming that the amount of work done by the Narendra Modi-government for farmers has not been done by any other dispensation in the last 70 years, Mast said, "It was the Modi government which implemented Swaminathan commission's report of raising support price for farmers.
"Farmers and agriculture have always been priority for the Modi government. The government dedicated 52 per cent of its total allocations in the budget to them."
Responding to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's promise of waiving farmers loan, if his party voted to power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Mast alleged that the Gandhi-scion does not understand agriculture.
(With inputs from agencies.)