JD(U) concerned over the plight of farmers in Bundelkhand

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Lucknow, Jan 22 (UNI) Janata Dal(United) today joined the issue of drought situation in the Bundelkhand region, blaming both the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government for the peoples' miseries and alleged that more than 550 people have committed suicides due to debt.

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav will lead a day-long demonstration near Jantar Mantar at New Delhi on January 30 to highlight the Bundelkhand issue.

Addressing a press conference here, JD(U) state president Suresh Niranjan said the situation was critical at present in the region, while during coming April and May, it will turn worse.

'' People are migrating to other places as the Centre and the state government have failed to provide any relief to the people'' he alleged.

Mr Niranjan, quoting his party's survey,said till November 15, the total number of farmers committing suicides was around 300 which has now risen to 550.

Demanding a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the farmers who have committed suicide and Rs 5000 per acre relief to the drought-affected families, the party said the Centre should take initiative in declaring Bundelkhand as a drought-hit region by waiving all the government dues and loans.

The JD(U) leader also criticised both the Mayawati government and the centre for doing politics over the bodies of the farmers of the Bundelkhand region.

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