Deputy CM Kamal Nath, state ministers to protest in New Delhi over the release of flood relief

BHOPAL: Annoyed with the Union government that does not release funds for, the council of ministers headed by the prime minister Kamal Nath on Thursday decided to go on a hunger-strike in New Delhi. The course of action, including the date, will be announced by chief minister Kamal Nath.

The law minister and spokesman for the state government, PC Sharma, said: “The Center is discriminating against Madhya Pradesh and its 7.5 million people. More than 55 lakh farmers have been affected by continuous heavy rains and floods, 60 lakh hectares of crops have been destroyed. ”

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday afternoon, PC Sharma said, “Chief minister Kamal Nath visited New Delhi twice and himself handed over details of the flood devastation to prime minister Narendra Modi and minister of the interior of the Union Amit Shah . Meanwhile, the Center has released funds for flood relief in Karnataka and is denying financial help to the people of Madhya Pradesh. ” Sharma said Madhya Pradesh elected 28 BJP parliamentarians and sent them to the Lok Sabha However, none of them raised their voices to ask for financial help from farmers affected by the flood.

During the old Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government of the BJP, the prime minister often sat in protest against hunger to affirm that the UPA Center run by Congress discriminated against Madhya Pradesh and did not give funds for development. Now with Congress in power here and the NDA led by BJP at the Center, things have changed. Prime Minister Kamal will not only protest himself, but will do so with all his 28-member council of ministers in the country's capital.

The minister claimed that Madhya Pradesh faced unprecedented heavy rainfall in which one lakh houses were washed away. Total damages are more than Rs 16,000 crore, Sharma said. I added that on October 4, chief minister Kamal Nath went to New Delhi and personally handed over the memorandum for flood relief to the prime minister and sought Rs 9,000 crore as financial aid. On October 21, he again went to New Delhi and met Union home minister Amit Shah asking for release of funds.

Cabinet ministers argued that the Center approved Rs 1813.75 rupees as flood relief for Karnataka and Bihar. But nothing has come to Madhya Pradesh, they said. The state BJP on November 4 is organizing the Kisan Aakrosh Andolan to demand compensation from farmers affected by floods in the state, said PC Sharma. The president of the state's BJP, Rakesh Singh, has announced that the party will burn the farmers' electricity bills.

“Since they want to protest for compensation to farmers, the BJP should do so in New Delhi and ask its party-led Union government to release funds for the state’s farmers,” PC Sharma said. The minister for energy, Priyavrat Singh, said that further announcements on the hunger protest in New Delhi against the Center will be made by chief minister Kamal Nath.

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