Centre responsible for Fertiliser crisis: Yeddyurappa

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Bangalore, Jun 11 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today blamed the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for acute shortage of fertilisers supply leading to farmers agitation in the state.

Addressing newspersons here after chairing a high-level meeting of officials in the wake of yesterday's police firing in which one farmer was killed and 13 others injured in violence, Mr Yeddyurappa reiterated his charge that some 'vested interest' had hatched a conspiracy' against his government.

''Some political forces joining hands with anti-social elements have conspired to ignite violence in all districts in the name of farmers using shortage of fertiliser as an instrument,'' Mr Yeddyurappa said.

Expressing shock over the firing incident, the Chief Minister warned that stern action would be taken against anti-social elements who were responsible for the violent incidents.

Stating that his government was 'farmers-friendly,' he said he had instructed the police officials not to resort to firing against farmers and handle the situation in a calm manner MORE UNI MV MSP ROY SV RAI1205

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