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MP: Scindia hits out at BJP govts’ policies on farmers

indore Updated: Mar 14, 2016 17:55 IST
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Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is also MPCA chairman, played a friendly cricket match at Indore’s Holkar Stadium on Sunday. (Shankar Mourya/HT photo)

The Narendra Modi-led BJP government is acting against students in the country in the same way it is acting against farmers, Congress MP from Guna Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Sunday.

Addressing a ‘Kisan Sammelan’ in Sanwer, 27 km from Indore, Scindia said the BJP governments both at the Centre and in the state have failed to keep their promises to uplift poor farmers from misery.

“Instead the polices are driving farmers to commit suicides,” he said.

More than 5,000 farmers and Congress supporters from nearby villages and towns attended the farmers’ meeting.

Scindia said the government’s policies have only increased the burden of farmers.

“It was the Congress, which started setting up power plants and dams in the 1960s, which are irrigating fields and supplying electricity to farmers, the BJP government is simply riding on the outcomes of the programmes started by the Congress,” he said.

Ever since the BJP government has come to power, the co-operative credit societies are turning into loss making entities and are unable to give loans to farmers at lower rates of interest, said Antar Singh Darbar, former Congress MP from Mhow.

Taking a dig at government’s decision to convert short term farm loans into long term loans, Darbar said, “In the name of relief, the government announced to convert all zero interest short-term loans into long term loan for two years and imposed an yearly interest rate of 12% on farmers.”

‘Decision to host match depends on franchises’

Awarding Indian Premier League matches to cities solely depends on franchises and BCCI, and state sports bodies have no role in the decision, said Jyotiraditya Scindia, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association chairman and Guna MP, in Indore on Sunday.

To a question on deciding match venues, Scindia said, “The decision to host a match depends on franchises at any venue in the country. If there is some problem at respective franchises’ home venue, they are free to take their matches to any other venue in the country.”

Commenting on Justice Lodha panel recommendations, he said, “There was discussions in BCCI and positive recommendations can be implemented immediately.”

“When it comes sports, there is no opposition and but we are all on the same as we want betterment of sports in the country.”

On newly developed water sports facilities at Maheshwar, the Congress leader said, “If somebody took a positive step, then we appreciate it without bothering who or which party took the step”.

On Sunday, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association hosted a friendly match in which Scindia lead from the front to help his team score an easy four- wicket victory against the opponents led by association secretary Milind Kanmadikar.

Scindia scored highest runs hitting 19 off 14 balls to chase a 48 run target in just five overs.

Earlier, batting first on a green wicket at the Holkar stadium, Secretary XI managed to score 47 runs in stipulated 10 overs.