Hyderabad, Apr 16 UNI | 4 months ago

The Election Commission has asked Loksatta Party to explain its pledge to support GM (Genetically Modified) crops, whereas it has given notices to the TDP and YSRCP on their promises to waive loans of farmers and self-help groups.

State Loksatta Party President Katari Srinivasa Rao told media here today that the Election Commission wanted to know how the Loksatta could promise to promote GM crops when the Supreme Court was seized of a petition filed by the Party's national President Dr Jayaprakash Narayan on GM crops.

Mr Katari clarified that Loksatta and some farmers' organisations in their petitions took exception to the exclusion of agricultural experts from the committee that gives clearance for field trials of GM crops.

It does not deal with the desirability or otherwise of GM crops.

He said while most political parties have either opposed the introduction of GM crops or adopted an ambivalent attitude, the Loksatta Party has boldly and unequivocally decided in favour of GM crops, to ensure higher incomes to farmers and nutritious food to all.

The party's stance is in consonance with Article 43 of the Constitution, which mandates that the state shall endeavour to ensure a decent standard of life to those engaged in agriculture and Article 48, which mandates that the state shall endeavour to organise agriculture on modern and scientific lines and preserve and improve crop varieties.

The state capital goes to polls on April 30.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)