BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday took a vow to dedicate his life for the welfare of farmers.
Addressing the Raita Bandhu Samavesha to mark his 75th birthday, he also promised to resolve the Mahadayi river water dispute soon after his government came to power.
“The people of Karnataka have given me everything. I will now dedicate my life towards addressing farmer issues. Its my duty to ensure their welfare,” he said.
Yeddyurappa said that if his party came to power, he would see to it that no farmer in the state committed suicide.
“The responsibility of turning Karnataka into a model state is on me,” he added.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the BJPs mushti akki abhiyana by symbolically handing over fistfuls of rice collected by a couple of farmers to Yeddyurappa.
Modi gave a call to the BJP workers to travel from village to village from March 1 to 15, and collect fistfuls of rice from each household.
Drawing a parallel between the donations of iron scraps from farmers for the Statue of Unity in Gujarat, Modi said this “mutthi bhar ka chawal” would help create a “new Karnataka” and also change the lives of the farmers, he said.
Yeddyurappa visited the residences of farmers Rangaswamy of Kereyagalahalli village and Shivakumar of Kandanakovi village near Mayakonda, who recently committed suicide, before participating in the rally.
He is learnt to have provided a compensation of Rs 50,000 each to both the families.
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