Bhopal: Holding factional infighting within the BJP responsible for farmers’ unrest in the State, leader of opposition Ajay Singh alleged that it was under a well-planned conspiracy that Congress was blamed for the agitation following the police firing on farmers at Mandsaur.
Speaking on the adjournment motion on the June 6 police firing incident in the Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday, Singh said that wrangling within the BJP carder had led to the eruption of the farmers’ protest and Congress was unnecessarily blamed for the stir. He also held corruption and red-tapism responsible for the unrest among the farmers. Singh claimed that this was the feedback Ram Madhav had received, when he visited here on the direction of RSS.
Stating that chief minister did not get correct feedback on seething unrest among the farmers, Singh said that if Shivraj Singh Chouhan had talked with other farmer organisations, besides Kisan Sangh, the agitation would not have turned so aggressive. The chief minister should have visited Mandsaur immediately after the firing incident, said Singh adding that it was painful that even after such a major incident, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not even care to pay tributes to the dead farmers through Twitter. The leader of opposition further said that it was after firing that Congress decided to stand by the farmers and fight for their cause.
“Are farmers smugglers? He asked. Singh claimed that an FIR was registered even before the vehicle of the collector was vandalised at Belanpur. Singh said that not even an FIR has been lodged till date in the firing incident. He alleged that his sources had informed him that bullets were missing from the bodies during postmortem.
Putting the government in the dock, Singh said that 71 farmers have committed suicide in the state over the last one month, however the government among the other reasons, has cited farmers being under the spell of evil spirits for taking such extreme steps. Singh said that said that after the ‘Anand’ department, the government should also constitute a department of mumbo-jumbo to exorcise ghosts. Singh demanded the implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan committee and farm loan waiver. He said that the government which does not tire of flaunting its pro-farmer credentials had imposed the highest tax on diesel than all the states.
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