As Modi prepares for farmers’ rallies, they complain of being tortured by Madhya Pradesh govt

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On the day it was reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi planned to address farmers’ rallies in four states to ‘dispel’ his government’s anti farmers’ image, it emerged that Madhya Pradesh government has barred them from using their own wells.

The extraordinary decision by Mandsaur municipality in the state is causing considerable pain to the farmers, who reply on these wells to irrigate their crops.

Many of these 50 farmer families in Narsinghpura area belong to the ruling BJP.

Rajkumar Kumawat, who also hold the post of the district secretary of BJP farmers’ cell, said that they were being barred from using their own wells despite they having been dug in private lands many years ago.

“Still the municipality is acting in autocratic manner and prevent us from using out own well. Municipal employees snap power connection at wells and take out the water motors and threatens us with action,” Kumawat told News18.

The plight of Gopal Tank and Narayan Tank too isn’t any different. They said that the municipality’s decision was taken allegedly to use these wells to supply water to urban areas.

They said that the municipality’s decision will result in the severe loss of their crop yields adding that the MP government was torturing the farmer community in the state.

Another farmer Gopal Adania alleged, “Till last year, we used our wells either by seeking help from public representatives or quietly using motors in night but this time even that is not possible.”

The farmers alleged that the municipal employees often forcibly sucked water from their wells and they had even complained to Collector and SDM but to no avail.

The farmers on Wednesday handed memorandum at CM House and to BJP state head Nandkumar Singh Chauhan in Bhopal.

Collector Mandsaur Swatratra Kuamr Singh justified the action saying that it was being done to meet the potable water crisis in urban areas.

This comes on the day it was reported that Modi planned to address several rallies in four states including Madhya Pradesh to dispel the central government’s anti-farmers image.

Modi is likely to address a rally in the state on 18 February, before holding similar events in Odisha (21 February), Karnataka (27 February) and Uttar Pradesh ( 28 February).

Modi had talked about his concern for farmers by emphasising on the crops insurance scheme during his monthly radio address Mann Ki Baat last month.

Earlier this week, he also praised MNREGA, an employment generation scheme started by the UPA government. However, his attempts to take credit for the scheme after publicly criticising it last year in the Parliament was widely condemned.

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