High Drama In Assembly Over Bundelkhand
Cutting across party lines, legislators from Bundelkhand
raised the issue of drought and hunger deaths in the state Assembly on
The Samajwadi Party legislators staged
a walkout expressing dissatisfaction with the state government’s reply while
Congress legislator Vivek Singh
threatened to immolate himself if “effective steps” were not taken to
improve the conditions in Bundelkhand.
Another Congress legislator Pradeep
Jain threatened to hold officers posted in Bundelkhand hostage if they do not
change their callous ways.
But despite all the drama, the state
government refused to waive the loans of farmers in Bundelkhand.
The Opposition moved an adjournment
notice on the Bundelkhand issue today, which resulted in a heated exchange
between legislators in the house.
Congress leader Jain said,
“Bundelkhand has been facing a severe drought for the last five years and 195
farmers have committed suicide in the region.” Comparing the situation with
Kalahandi in Orissa, Jain alleged the state is passing the buck to the Centre.
said Bundelkhand should be made a separate state as the government had done
nothing concrete to provide relief to the farmers.
Refusing to kowtow to party lines,
Ashok Chandel of SP said he will support the resolution of a separate state.
SP leader Vishambhar Nishad accused the
government of mocking the starving farmers by giving them cheques of Rs 250. He
added that in a few villages, the cheques were issued to the dead.
Replying on behalf of the state
government, Naseemuddin Siddiqui accepted the water crisis and said reservoirs
in Bundelkhand do not have enough water. He assured the legislators that
tubewells will be installed soon.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji
Verma said the state government had asked the Centre for a package on the lines
Courtesy : Express India