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Crisis to end soon: Hemant

Chief minister Hemant Soren is confident that the potato crisis triggered by the Bengal government’s ban on transportation of the tuber to neighbouring states will end soon.

“The last time such a crisis had occurred (November 2013) because of curbs enforced by Bengal, I had spoken to chief minister Mamata Banerjee and persuaded her to remove the sanctions. I have asked the agriculture department to closely monitor the situation. If needed, I will speak to Mamata Banerjee again,” Hemant said in Jamshedpur on Friday.

He was in the steel city with father and JMM supremo Shibu Soren to attend the 27th death anniversary of former party president Nirmal Mahto and was speaking to the media after paying a tribute at the slain leader’s memorial in Uliyan, Kadma.

He admitted that production of potatoes was not sufficient, but other green vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, French beans and tomatoes were cultivated throughout the year and sent to neighbours, including Bengal.

Asked about tie-up prospects in the Assembly elections, Hemant said they were running a coalition government with Congress and RJD and would like to fight the polls with the same partners.