MP farming crisis: CM cancels show to mark 10 years in office

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2015 12:53 IST
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan performs aarti to Goddess Durga at a pandal during the Navratri festivities in Bhopal. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday announced the cancellation of the event on November 29 to mark the completion of his ten years in office on the day, citing farmers’ suicides due to crop loss as the reason.

The CM’s announcement came during his speech at a public meeting at Sausar in Chhindwara district. “In this time of crisis no event will take place to celebrate my tenure of ten years as chief minister,” he said, addressing the gathering.

The BJP’s state unit had planned a mega show named ‘Janseva Mahakumbh’ and had started its preparations as well.

The party had planned rallies, programmes including a training of MLAs and MLCs from across the country and had also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah to the event.

Chouhan became the CM on November 29, 2005 by replacing Babulal Gaur, a senior BJP leader in the backdrop of a rebellion by former chief minister Uma Bharti.

Chouhan said the priority for him was to provide relief to farmers whose kharif crops were damaged. He said the government will soon disburse the compensation to farmers.

He laid foundation stones for renovation of Jam Savli Hanuman Mandir, an ancient hanuman temple and of 164 development works amounting to Rs 148 crore in the district. He felicitated sarpanches of 103 village panchayats for making their villages open-defecation free.

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