Rahul not allowed to meet Mandsaur farmers

RSTV Bureau

Lashing out at Centre and Madhya Pradesh government for not allowing him to meet farmers in Mandsaur, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi blamed the BJP for farmers distress.

Addressing media after detained by police on his way to Mandsaur, Gandhi said that Prime Minister waives loans worth Rs 1.50 lakh crore of the rich but not for farmers.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi neither waives off the farmers’ loans nor does he provide bonus. He just gives bullets,” Gandhi told the media.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was stopped from visiting Mandsaur on Thursday afternoon after he refused to adhere to the entry ban imposed by state police. He was detained near Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border and taken to a guesthouse near by Neemuch.

Rahul Gandhi was on his way to Mansaur where five farmers were killed during protests on Tuesday. Senior party leaders Digvijay Singh and Kamal Nath, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot accompanying Rahul also quoted arrest.

There was high drama as the police tried to stop what had turned into a rally of sorts with Gandhi leading from the front. When police tried to push him back, he entered a field and was detained.

 

Imphal: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Manipur Assembly polls, in Imphal on Tuesday. PTI Photo

Imphal: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Manipur Assembly polls, in Imphal on Tuesday. PTI Photo

Rahul Gandhi entered Madhya Pradesh from Rajasthan in the morning to meet farmers in Mandsaur.

Superintendent of Police of Neemuch Manoj Kumar Singh had made it clear that the Congress leader would not be allowed to enter the violence-hit district where the situation remained tense.

If the Congress leader tries to enter the district, he will be detained, the SP had said.

The Congress yesterday termed as “coldblooded murder” the killing of five farmers in police firing in Madhya Pradesh and questioned the prime minister’s silence over it.

The Congress accused the BJP of “acting as a curse of death for Indian farmers”.

AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said yesterday that it was insulting and unfortunate that the BJP-led NDA government was in denial mode over the firing and accused it of spreading rumours and canards over who fuelled the farmers’ protest.

He also hit out at the BJP for denying permission to people who wanted to go and express solidarity with the bereaved farmers, including Gandhi.

The Congress vice president is visiting Mandsaur to meet the kin of the five persons who were killed in violence during the farmers’ agitation.

File Photo: Farmers throwing vegetables on a road during their nation-wide strike and agitation over various demands, in Bhopal on Sunday.

File Photo: Farmers throwing vegetables on a road during their nation-wide strike and agitation over various demands, in Bhopal on Sunday.

Five persons were killed on Tuesday as the farmers’ agitation turned violent in Mandsaur, prompting the authorities to clamp curfew in the trouble-hit area.

Mandsaur has been on the boil since the farmers’ agitation in the district turned violent.

Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh are protesting since June 1 over various demands.