Centre meting out stepmotherly treatment to MP: CM

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Sagar, MP, Feb 4 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the centre of meting out stepmotherly treatment to the BJP government in the state.

Mr Chouhan was addressing the third day of an indefinite sit-in here by the BJP in support of a demand of Rs 24,000-crore special package from the Centre in view of drought in the state. However, the BJP's Madhya Pradesh unit president Narendra Singh Tomar announced an end of the sit-in on being urged by Mr Chouhan.

''I urge Mr Tomar to take, to the state's various regions, an agitation against New Delhi's stepmotherly attitude. If the attitude does not change then a demonstration will take place in Delhi. The Centre is supplying substandard coal to Madhya Pradesh's power stations. The state's power share is being slashed so that a crisis is created and the public gets incensed,'' the chief minister warned.

Pointing out that 157 tahsils across 37 districts were drought-hit, he said that the situation was serious in Bundelkhand region.

''The Centre is delaying a decision on a proposal to accord central university status to Dr Hari Singh Gaur University here.

The related struggle will continue. Madhya Pradesh's populace is being supplied inferior-quality red wheat,'' Mr Chouhan alleged.

Mr Tomar declared that an intense anti-Centre agitation would take place in the entire state.

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