Farmers suicides to figure in MP Assembly session

Bhopal: The budget session of Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly which will begin on Monday is likely to be stormy, with the Opposition Congress ready to put the state government on the mat over farmers suicides.

"Thirty-eight farmers have committed suicide after crops got ruined due to frost and cold wave two months back. The state government has failed in preventing suicides", deputy leader of the Opposition, Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi, said.

He alleged that the state government announced relief package of Rs 700 crore, but it benefited wrong people.

"The affected farmers have received only a fraction of the relief amount", Chaturvedi said.

"We have informed the Assembly about our adjournment motion over the farmers' suicides", he said.

"We are also going to raise the issue of deteriorating law and order situation in Madhya Pradesh. Dacoities and kidnapping are on the rise...Bhopal has become the capital of these twin crimes as well", he said.

The ninth session of the 13th Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh will begin on Monday with the Governor Rameshwar Thakur's address and will end on April 8. Around 27 sittings are scheduled to take place.

State Finance Minister Raghavji is expected to present the budget on February 24.