New Delhi/Sehore: In an attempt to deafen the resounding brouhaha over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lack of concern in farmers of the country, the Bharatiya Janata Party will be organising four rallies — scheduled in Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh in February — however, the first itself has landed into an ironical controversy.
The farmers of Sherpura in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh are reportedly upset with the prime minister. They claim that the local administration forced them to cut their crop before harvest so as to make a parking lot for a rally on February 18, where PM Modi will be addressing a massive Kisan Sammelan'.
"A few people came and said we need to harvest the crop as soon as possible or it will be destroyed. We didn't have any choice," said Suresh Parmar, a farmer in Sherpura, whose family owns 15 acres of land near the proposed site of rally | NDTV reported.
Meanwhile, Sehore SDM, Narottam Bhargav dismissed any such allegations. “We do not require farmlands. Some private colonies were being developed here, we spoke to them (about the lands),” he was quoted saying.
The statement from the state's BJP government, too rode along the parallel lines as the concerned officials. MP Home Minister Babulal Gaur claimed that no farmer was forced to cut the crop, whereas Agriculture Minister Gauri Shankar Bisen stated that the land was taken upon consent.
Prime Minister is expected to speak on the new crop insurance scheme, or ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’, at an event in Sehore, which is about 40 km from state capital Bhopal.
By: Mayank Mohanti