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Saturday, 8 August 2020

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh stalling GI tag for basmati: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister to Sonia

New Delhi, August 7

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, complaining about Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s “attempts to stall geographical indication (GI) tag for MP’s basmati rice”.

“It is with immense sadness that I wish to inform you that the Chief Minister of the Congress-ruled state has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to ensure that the basmati rice of MP is not given a GI tag in the interests of Punjab and other states,” Chouhan said in his two-page letter to Sonia. He also accused the previous Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh of “playing with the sentiments of farmers of the state and not fulfilling the poll promise of a loan waiver by senior leader Rahul Gandhi”.

“Why is your party so hostile towards Madhya Pradesh farmers?” Chouhan questioned a day after he “condemned” Capt Amarinder for writing to the Prime Minister regarding his efforts to get the GI tag for basmati rice from Madhya Pradesh. — TNS

from The Tribune

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