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If farmers want, they can change government: Telangana CM

Earlier Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal hosted lunch for K Chandresehkhar Rao
Arvind Kejriwal and K Chandrashekhar Rao
Arvind Kejriwal and K Chandrashekhar Rao

Our Bureau, PTI   |   New Delhi, Chandigarh   |   Published 22.05.22, 06:14 PM

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday here said farmers can change government if they want and they should keep fighting till they get a constitutional guarantee for remunerative prices of their crops.

The Telangana chief minister also paid tributes to the farmers who died during the course of the agitation against the Centre's now-repealed farm laws.

He bows to farmers for their grit and determination, the CM said referring to the year-long stir that ended last year.

"If farmers want, they can change government. It is not a big thing. From where the power comes, it comes from us. Agitation should continue till farmers get the right price and there is a constitutional guarantee for it," he said.

Rao also lauded the contribution of Punjab to the freedom struggle and bringing green revolution in the farming sector. "Punjab is a great state," said Rao.

Rao was accompanied by his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

Rao was here to distribute Rs 3 lakh as financial assistance to the kin of the farmers, who died during the stir against the Centre's three farm laws.

Over 700 farmers had died during the course of the agitation at the Delhi borders due to various reasons, including harsh winter, road accidents, cardiac arrest and ailments.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday met his Telangana counterpart K Chandrashekar Rao, at his official residence here and discussed a range of issues, including the current political and federal issues, sources said.

"Bow to farmers for their grit, keep fighting to get remunerative prices," says Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao in Chandigarh

"If farmers want, they can change government; it is not big thing," added Telangana chief minister.

The meeting between Kejriwal and Rao, heading two regional outfits -- Aam Aadmi Party and Telangana Rashtra Samithi -- respectively, assumes significance in the wake of building political equations ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls to challenge the BJP.

The two chief ministers had lunch together and discussed various issues, including the current political situation in the country. Later, they left for Chandigarh, officials in the Delhi government said.

"Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri @ArvindKejriwal hosted Hon'ble Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri K. Chandrashekar Rao at his residence for lunch, today," the Delhi Chief Minister's Office tweeted.

The two chief ministers also discussed states' contributions in the country's growth during the hour-long luncheon meeting, sources in Telangana government claimed.

The meeting was also attended by Telangana ministers V Prashant Reddy and MPs - Joginapally Santosh Kumar, Nama Nageshwar Rao, Ranjit Reddy and Venkatesh Netha among others. Sanjay Singh, AAP Rajya Sabha MP, too was present.

Kejriwal and Rao, along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, are scheduled to pay tributes to the martyrs of the Galwan Valley clash against the Chinese troops and the farmers who died during the anti-farm law stir last year, in Chandigarh later in the day.

On Saturday, the Telangana chief minister, accompanied by Kejriwal, had visited schools and Mohalla clinics of the Delhi government. He had also met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.


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