Narendra Modi presents 5 F formula for prosperity of cotton farmers in Punjab
(SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal says wave in favour of Parkash Singh Badal and Narendra Modi in Punjab)
Bathinda, April 25 - NDA prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today laid out a 5 F formula for bringing prosperity to farmers in the Malwa region which envisages creating linkages from production to export of the farm product.
Addressing a mammoth gathering at the Dada Poti ground here, Mr Modi said his 5 F formula which envisaged turning cotton at the farm to fibre to fabric to fashion and foreign was the only way farmers would get a remunerative price for their product.
"It is a matter of shame for the UPA government that it did not think of this earlier. Even countries like Bangladesh and Cambodia are known as leaders in ready made garments manufacture".
Mr Modi said all policies of the UPA government were flawed. "More farmers were dying by committing suicide than the ''jawans' killed in various wars. The UPA government's agriculture policy including a ban on cotton export has led to a Rs 7,000 crore loss to the Gujarat farmers alone".
Speaking about his vision for 2022, Mr Modi said he envisioned a house for each citizen in the country. He said such a measure would give jobs to the youth and energise the economy. He said besides this he felt all necessary facilities needed by a citizen should be available to him at his door step.
Speaking about the UPA government which he termed as "maa beti ki government', the BJP leader said " the situation is such that the mother thinks the State can go to hell but my son should sit on the prime minister's chair".
Speaking about Punjab, Mr Modi said the SAD - BJP government had been voted back to power in 2012 because the people of the State were happy with its report card. "The same was the case in Gujarat", he said adding the UPA government was yet to present its report card to the people.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal detailed how agriculture sector had suffered in UPA rule and how the industry had migrated to other States due to flawed central policies. He said Punjab had faced repeated discrimination despite its contribution to the country. "Our capital was taken away from us. So were our river waters and Punjabi speaking areas", he added.
Mr Badal said as far as Bathinda was concerned Harsimrat Badal had not only initiated lot of work on the constituency but also represented it properly in parliament. Speaking about the PPP- Congress candidate he said Manpreet Badal had betrayed the SAD which was like his mother in collusion with the Congress. He said one needed to stand on principles and Manpreet had proved he had none. "Now he is in your court. He should lose by at least 2.25 lakh votes", he added.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal while speaking on the occasion, said " there is a wave in favour of Badal Sahab along with one in favour of Modi Sahab". He said once a NDA government was formed there would be colonies for the poor in both urban and rural areas. He said farmers would get full crop insurance and farmers would get a msp based upon the cost of inputs and a fifty per cent profit. The Deputy CM said the NDA government would also come out with a special package for the industrial sector.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Bathinda mp Harsimrat Badal, Mr Baldev Singh Bhundur and Mr Sikander Singh Maluka.
Mr Modi also blessed candidates standing from various parliamentary constituencies including Harsimrat Badal, Paramjit Kaur Gulshan (Faridkot), Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (Sangrur), Deepinder Dhillon (Patiala).