Rift in MP Congress Deepens as Scindia Unhappy With Kamal Nath Govt's Crop Survey

The Congress leader, believed to be eyeing the vacant post of MPCC president, has demanded a reassessment of the damage and asked the state government for “adequate compensation” for the farmers.  

New Delhi: In what is yet another confirmation of a rift in the Madhya Pradesh unit of the Congress, Jyotiraditya Scindia expressed his unhappiness over Kamal Nath-led state government’s survey of crops destroyed by rain and floods.  

Scindia had recently resigned from the position of the national general secretary-in-charge of western UP but was quickly made the head of the screening committee for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections. However, it is widely believed that he did not want the role and is said to be eyeing the vacant post of Madhya Pradesh Pradesh Congress Committee president. 

On Wednesday, the Congress leader demanded a reassessment of the crop damage and asked the state government for “adequate compensation” for the distressed farmers.  

“The state government will have to stand with the farmers in this hour of need. I am not satisfied with the preliminary survey,” he told a gathering in Neemuch, MP. 

His statement came after the Kamal Nath government, in its preliminary survey a week ago, said that crop in around 24 lakh hectares of land and worth Rs 9,600 crore may have been damaged. The state law minister, P.C. Sharma has claimed that Rs 325 crore have already been disbursed to the affected farmers.  

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Chief minister Kamal Nath has also promised relief to the farmers by October 15, even if the Centre did not step up to extend a helping hand by then. 

Scindia, however, remained dissatisfied and demanded a resurvey of crop loss. “Patwaris and tehsildars should visit fields to assess the actual damage and compensation should be paid accordingly. I believe there is 100% damage to every field in some areas. There is no need for a survey there,” he said.

“The colour of disaster is neither the colour of the Congress nor of the BJP. Therefore, every government should come forward to help farmers. There is no flood in Malwa, it’s a disaster. The Centre should extend relief immediately,” he added.

He also said that the farmers should get relief from both the state and the Centre, apart from the crop insurance scheme. 

Ever since Scindia lost his Guna seat in the general elections, he has been looking to play a prominent role in MP. 

Earlier this month, the infighting between Congress ranks came out in the open when Scindia supported his aide and state forest minister Umang Singhar when he accused senior leader Digvijaya Singh of interfering in government matters.  

Kamal Nath attempted to stem the rebellion by meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Gandhi ordered her trusted aide, A.K. Antony to lead an inquiry in the matter, but the findings of the inquiry are yet to come out.