Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh BJP president Prabhat Jha has claimed that no farmer in the state in recent past has committed suicide owing to indebtedness.

"I am happy to say that unlike many other states, including Maharashtra where a number of farmers have committed suicide, no such thing has taken place in Madhya Pradesh," Jha told reporters on Saturday.

Observing that the state government was working towards making agriculture a "profitable business", Jha said Madhya Pradesh was the only state in the country to disburse loans to farmers at zero percent interest.

Replying to a query, the BJP president said deaths due to malnutrition in the state are a matter of concern and "must be looked into".

Meanwhile, when contacted the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Ajay Singh, was not available for comment.


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