Bhopal: Opposition Congress Wednesday staged
a walkout from the Madhya Pradesh Assembly over non-fulfilment of the commitment by ruling Shivraj Singh Chouhan government on waiving off the loans to the tune of Rs 50,000 of small farmers in the state.
The matter was raised by Arif Aqueel (Congress) during
Question Hour following which the Cooperatives Minister Gauri
Shankar Bisen admitted that such a promise was made by his
party in its poll manifesto of 2008 Assembly polls and the
state government has not made any announcement in this regard.
Enraged over Bisen`s reply, Aqueel said the BJP came
to power on the promises made in its manifesto and the
minister`s assertion that no such announcement was made by the
government was highly objectionable.
Echoing the MLA, Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh said
the BJP came to power on the basis of promises it had made in
its manifesto following which large number of farmers in Malwa
and other regions voted for it.
The minister`s reply on the issue is "highly objectionable," he said.
Ajay further said that this was not for the first time
that the minister`s statement is contrary to the party`s
Terming the opposition`s stand as "justified", Speaker
Ishwardas Rohani said the minister can not escape from his
responsibilities by stating that polls are being not fought by