Congress president Rahul Gandhi held a rally in Madhya Pradesh where he took on both the state and central governments, ruled by the BJP, on the issue of agrarain distress and instances of farmers’ suicide. Gandhi also met with the family members of the farmers who were killed in police firing in Mandsaur agitation last year.
“I want to assure you that within 10-days of coming to power in Madhya Pradesh, the government will waive (farmers’) loan,” he said.
His ‘kisan rally’ is also being seen as a launch pad of Congress party’s election campaign for the upcoming assembly polls in the state later this year.
The rally was held at Khokhra in Pipliya Mandi, where the family members of three out of the six people killed in police firing would share dais with the Congress president.
Six people — Kanhaiya Lal Patidar, Satyanarayan Dhangar, Abhishek Patidar, Bablu, Ghanshyam Dhakad and Chintaman Patidar — were killed in the police firing at Pipliya Mandi during the agitation on June 6 last year.
Farmers had held statewide protests in Madhya Pradesh last year demanding better prices for their crops but the agitation was marred by violence at many parts in the state, especially in Mandsaur, which emerged as the epicentre of protests.
Gandhi will also hold meeting with senior leaders of Madhya Pradesh Congress, including PCC chief Kamal Nath, campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and other state leaders, who are drafted in his team to play proactive role in the state elections.
(With inputs from agencies)