Bengaluru: Former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav has lamented the politicisation of the coronavirus pandemic and even labelled it “unfortunate”. 

He has even said that such politicisation only diverts attention from core issues such as right quarantine, screening among others. 

But while he laments the “politicisation” of the virus, he himself has resorted to it! 

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He has criticised the state government for neglecting farmers and milk producers. 

He said, "Till now no definite and effective decisions have been taken regarding the farmers and milk producers in the team-11 meetings chaired by the chief minister, leading to chaos in the agriculture sector. Small farmers also do animal husbandry business."

He also added that the farmers are not getting right price for their produce. He said, "Neither are they getting the right price for their produce nor is the promise of doubling their income mentioned anywhere. There is an urgent need for additional compensation to the farmers, payment of interest arrears to the sugarcane farmers and compensation for the crop damaged by untimely rains and hailstorms."

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At a time like this, a senior leader like Akhilesh Yadav must have kept aside petty politics instead of blaming CM Yogi Adityanath. Of course, farmers’ issues can’t be sidelined, but Akhilesh must also understand that Yogi is doing all he can to ensure all sections of the society are taken care of. 

More on India under lockdown: 

PM Narendra Modi, on March 24, announced that India would be under lockdown for a 21-day period till April 14. He urged that people should maintain social distancing by staying indoors. 

Today (April 11) PM Modi is expected to address the nation once again after meeting CMs of several states. Modi is expected to make an announcement extending the lockdown till April 30 as several states have asked for it.