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Jyotiraditya Scindia attacks MP govt, says 21,000 farmer suicides in 13 years

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia alleged that 21,000 farmers had committed suicide in the 13-year rule of Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the state.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2017 22:31 IST
Khemraj Dube and Punya Priya Mitra
Khemraj Dube and Punya Priya Mitra
Hindustan Times, Sheopur\Bhopal
Jyotiraditya Scindia,MP govt,Madhya Pradesh
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia at Parliament in New Delhi.(Sushil Kumar/HT File Photo)

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia alleged that 21,000 farmers had committed suicide in the 13-year rule of Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the state.

Addressing a farmers’ meet at Sheopur situated some 400km from Bhopal, Scindia said, “The CM is saying that loan waiver is not an issue. If this is true why are so many farmers committing suicide due to loan burden?”

The Congress has stepped up its attack on the BJP led Chouhan government, by organising farmers’ meets in various parts of the state to highlight the plight of the farmers. On Monday, top Congress leaders had presented a united face at a farmers’ convention in Lahaar, Bhind. Another farmer’s rally is scheduled at Churhat in Sidhi district on July 12. In the past one month, the Congress has organised at least half a dozen farmers’ rally in the state. The BJP, however, has been on the backfoot after six farmers were allegedly killed in police firing and lathi-charge in Mandsaur on June 6, and has gone out of the way to placate the farmers with various sops.

“We are also paying the highest amount for diesel in the country at ₹65 at a time when international price of petroleum products is half of what it was during the UPA rule,” Scindia said.

Before the start of the function, there was a minor scare when the dais erected for the function collapsed, but Scindia escaped unhurt.

First Published: Jul 11, 2017 22:31 IST