Hanumakonda: Panchayat Raj Minister Erabeli Dayakar Rao said, after the BJP-led central government had announced that it would not procure paddy, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has assured farmers to buy the produce. "Instead of demanding from the Centre, BJP state president Bandi Sanjay staged Rythu Diksha in Hyderabad. It is ridiculous," Irabelli said. He demanded the BJP leaders to resign from their posts for failing to procure paddy from the Centre. He said the TRS government has been urging the Center to procure paddy for the last four months, but there was no response later.
Irabeli said that the BJP is trying to take advantage of the farmers by spreading false information and supporting the farmers in the election of Huzurabad assembly seat. He said BJP candidate Eatala Rajender, who was in power in TRS, betrayed the party. He said TRS candidate Gelu Srinivas Yadav is spotless and will win the by-polls. He said that the government has already opened paddy procurement centers in the villages. He said that there is nothing to worry about the farmers as the government is committed to procure paddy produced in Rabi season also. He said Telangana is the only state which has spent Rs 60,000 crore annually on irrigation and agriculture sectors.
Palla Rajeshwar Reddy said that the captive Sanjay is throwing mud against TRS by spreading misinformation regarding paddy procurement. Palla said, “Telangana is the only state in the country where farmers are provided free electricity and irrigation facilities. KCR has launched many welfare schemes like Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bima etc. to save the distressed agriculture sector. "