Asked if he agreed with the views of BJP leader Ramesh Saxena, minister Gauri Shankar Chaturbhuj Bisen said, "I am a religious person. I worship Lord Hanuman. Whenever Nature gets angry with us, we should apply all these things."
Unseasonal rain and hailstorm over the past couple of days have caused massive damage to standing Rabi crops in over 400 villages of about seven districts in the state.
On Monday, the former BJP lawmaker from Sehore, Ramesh Saxena claimed that divine intervention was the only way out of the freak weather. He had also appealed to farmers to collectively recite 'Hanuman Chalisa'.
To drive home his point, Mr Saxena went a step further. "Lord Hanuman is the son of wind god. If there's no wind movement, there will be no rain. And if it doesn't rain, there will be no hailstones".
"Lord Hanuman has all the powers. And recitation of the 'Hanuman Chalisa' will definitely be a great source of power," said the minister, adding that "no farmer in the state needs to worry. All collectors of the districts affected by rain and hailstorm have been instructed to assess the damage to crops".