Farmers selling off wives in Bundelkhand unfortunate: Cong

Reacting to reports of poverty stricken farmers selling off their wives in Uttar Pradesh`s Bundelkhand region, Congress on Monday termed the matter as unfortunate and said the party was taking it seriously.

New Delhi: Reacting to reports of poverty
stricken farmers selling off their wives in Uttar Pradesh`s
Bundelkhand region, Congress on Monday termed the matter as
unfortunate and said the party was taking it seriously.

"It is very unfortunate...Congress is taking it very
seriously. It is important to go into the roots of the issue,"
party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.

He said AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had visited
the area and asked for an immediate end to this practice.

Singhvi said if the state government does not take
immediate steps, the party will highlight the issue with the
help of its workers in the area.

NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas has termed the incident as
"awful" and has written a letter to the state government
on the issue decided to send a team to inquire into the
reports.

Last month, a delegation of Congress leaders, under the
leadership of Rahul Gandhi, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
demanding a package of Rs 8000 crore for the Bundelkhand
region, comprising of areas of both UP and Madhya Pradesh and
also for setting up of a separate authority for its
development.

Bureau Report