Rajkot: Depicted as Lord Krishna in BJP’s advertisement in a local newspaper, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday flagged off party’s Kishan Yatra from Rajkot. The main motto of the yatra is to create awareness among farmers about adopting scientific methods in tilling to improve their produce.

Kishan Yatra will pass through 2000 kms in Saurashtra region.

Slamming the Centre for being insensitive towards farmers and being ‘anti-Gujarat’, Modi said the policies like banning export of cotton have affected farmers from the state to a great extent. The Chief Minister was most vocal to protest against the ban imposed by the Centre on export of cotton, which was later withdrawn.

"With the ban not only the farmers of the state had to suffer heavy losses but created a shortage of cottonseed oil that led to increase in the prices of other edible oils as well" Modi said.

Criticising the Centre for not allowing construction of gates at Sardar Sarovar project, BJP’s strongman said the UPA government chose so ignoring repeated appeals made in this regard.

"If the government at Centre has any concern for farmers then it should have given permission for construction of gates at Narmada dam," Modi said.

He also claimed that his government has started giving electricity connection in even dark-zone areas in the state.

The yatra was kicked off against the backdrop of a BJP advertisement issued by the party's Amreli district unit president Bharat Kamdar in a vernacular daily, showing Faldu as Arjun and party leaders Vijay Rupani, Purshottam Rupala and I K Jadeja as the Pandavas.

(Agencies)