Haridwar, January 25
National chief of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and Union Minister for Civil Aviation Chaudhary Ajit Singh today claimed that it was only the RLD that was committed to the welfare of farmers and look after their interests.
He also claimed that now with the RLD being part of the United Progressive Alliance, he would make sure that pro-farmers policies and issues affecting them like the FDI in retail or minimum support prices for their crops were taken into consideration.
Chaudhary Ajit Singh who recently sworn in as Union Minister was here today to address his first election rally at Mangalore here to urge people to cast their vote in favour of RLD candidates, so that the problems of peasants, labourers and suppressed section of society could reach the Assembly.
“Be it Uttarakhand or Uttar Pradesh, farmers are being used by political parties as votebank. But when it comes to solve their problems, these parties are no where to be seen. It’s only the RLD which is pro-farmer,” said Chaudhary Ajit Singh, a seven-time Lok Sabha member.
When asked while at the Centre the RLD is supporting the Congress but in Uttarakhand his party candidates are contesting against it, he said every state had a different political situation.
On a bail out package to the Air India, Chaudhary Ajit Singh said a committee had been set up to look into the problems being faced by it, which would soon submit its recommendations.
Ajit Singh also referred to his association with former UP Chief Minister and Pauri Garhwal parliamentarian Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, particularly in 1989 when they merged their respective Lok Dal’s to form the Janta Dal.
Party candidate from Mangalore Atul Chaudhary also addressed the gathering and gave an assurance to the voters that the interests of all sections of society would be looked into and the problems of farmers would be resolved.