BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Congress today said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was organising the felicitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his upcoming visit to the state "to save his own chair".
MP government has decided that Modi will be felicitated by farmers for launching the crop insurance scheme during his proposed visit to the state on February 18.
"When the state, on one hand is facing financial crisis, lacking sufficient funds to pay its contribution towards the crop insurance scheme and having no money to compensate farmers... in such a situation why crores are being spent on PM's felicitation?," MP Congress president Arun Yadav said in a press conference.
"It appears that the felicitation by farmers in the name of launching crop insurance scheme is being organised by the Chief Minister with a sole aim to save his chair," Yadav said.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive at Sherpur village in neighbouring Sehore district on February 18 to take part in a programme on crop insurance scheme which was launched recently by the Centre.
Criticising the district administration for razing down crops in the fields ahead of the visit, Congress demanded a compensation of Rs 90,000 per acre for farmers whose crops were damaged.
Yadav alleged the administration has coerced the farmers to write that they were razing their crops on their own and will not demand any compensation for it.