Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Madhya Pradesh has blamed the Centre for the fertilizer crisis in the state.

Replying to the discussion in state assembly over fertilizer and seed crisis, Agriculture Minister Ramkrishna Kusmaria said, “The state government demanded the fertilizers on time but the Centre has delayed in its supply.”

In response, the Opposition Congress MLAs have accused the state government of intentionally promoting black marketing of fertilizer by creating artificial shortage.

Kusmaria added, “The supply was much less than the allocation. The Centre has not issued tender on time which also led to the fertilizer crisis.”

Congress MLAs Praduman Singh Tomar and Brijraj Singh Chauhan interrupted Kusmaria during the discussion.

Accusing the Agriculture Minister of giving false information, both the members jumped into well of the House. Following which the Deputy Speaker requested them to take their seats.

Later Deputy Opposition leader Chaudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi requested the Ministers to lay all the documents on floor of the House. Kusmaria accepted the demand of the opposition leader.

The Agriculture Minister informed the Centre has made available much less than the allocation of Complex and Urea during the Rabi season however, he thanked the former for supplying more fertilizer than the stipulated quantity during Kharif Season.

“The Centre had supplied 159 rakes of fertilizer in October instead of 190. Similarly in November the state received only 128 rakes while the allocated quota is 267 rakes,” added the Minister.

JPN/Bureau