Bhubaneswar: Odisha PCC President Prasad Harichandan on Saturday asked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to clarify why farmers in Madhya Pradesh either commit suicide on a regular basis or get killed by their state government.
Prasad’s comment came in response to Chauhan’s remark on previous UPA government at the Centre during his Odisha visit to attend a “Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikash Programme” in Bargarh today.
Addressing a press meet here at Congress Bhavan, Prasad said UPA government was very sensitive in case of farmers across the country. He also pointed out that the total amount of farmers’ loan waived during the UPA regime was the highest in the history of India.
Prasad said several Union Ministers are visiting Odisha in the name of “Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikash” but are unable to address the real issues of the state like rampant corruption, multi-crore chit fund scam, deteriorating health services, poor education system, decrepit infrastructural facilities etc. in the state.
Earlier, the visiting BJP leader had slammed the previous UPA government at the Centre, led by Dr. Manmohan Singh, for its involvement in a series of multi-crore scams leading to slow growth of the Indian economy.
More than fifty political workers from different political units, including Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as well as activists from various farmer organisations, were detained in Bargarh ahead of Chauhan’s visit today.