Bangalore, May 14 UNI | 2 months ago

Former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde today regretted that political parties had made farmers 'vote banks' and did little to bring relief by solving the problems faced by farming class.

Speaking after inaugurating Rajya Royta Sangh and Green Brigade's central office in the city, he said the farmer was always the last person to get government facilities and none among the political parties was really serious about this class of citizens.

"Indian democracy was strengthened by the people and not political parties or its leaders. Unfortunately, these leaders, who should have been peoples' servants, have become their masters," he regretted.

He opined that the farmer organisations should have a major say in politics and it should have more power not just influencing election of people's representatives, but also bring down the erring leaders. "You should assert yourself and ensure that you get this king of power," he told the farmers.

Mr Hegde said the society had come to a stage where only rich and influential are respected and the trend should change. "Let us shun this new found practice of worshipping wealth, wealthy and the official clan. This is time farmers emerge as a major political force," he added.

(Posted on 15-05-2014)