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Rahul Gandhi to visit Mandsaur today

Rahul Gandhi to visit Mandsaur today

Naidu's comments came shortly after the Congress vice president was detained in Neemuch by police for defying ban orders imposed in the violence-hit Mandsaur district where he wished to go in order to meet the grieving families of farmers had who lost their lives in the police firing.

"It is the callous attitude of the BJP state governments and the Modi government at the Centre which has led to the widespread protests in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh", CPI-M journal "People's Democracy" said in an editorial.

He told reporters that Modi could waive loans worth Rs 1.50 lakh crore of the rich but not for farmers. "They did not give any reason, just said they are arresting me", Gandhi said.

This, unfortunately, took an ugly turn on Tuesday when five farmers were killed and eight others were injured in police firing. The police officials had earlier said they will not allow Gandhi to enter district.

The Congress vice-president had attempted to enter Mandsaur on a two-wheeler before trying to breakthrough a police barricade on foot. Sources further said there were a number of self-styled farmers' leaders like D.P. Dhakad from Ratlam, who belonged to the Congress and was a key player in mobilising panchayats. "They have been upset with our government as there has been a crackdown on drug trade", a BJP functionary said.

"He (Modi) can't give the right rates for farmers' agriculture produce, can't give them bonus, can't give them compensation".

AAP leaders Ashutosh and Bhagwant Mann are said to among those making a beeline for violence torn area in Madhya Pradesh. According to police, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot and Madhya Pradesh legislator Jaiwardhan Singh also courted arrest.

The Congress had yesterday described as "cold-blooded murder" the killing of the five farmers and questioned the prime minister's silence on it.

Fed up with the vacuous promises of their respective Chief Ministers, the farmers started the agitation afresh when a bumper crop and a great monsoon did not add to their coffers, and in reality kept these empty. I will only work for farmers.

An Indian minister has confirmed that police firing killed five protesting farmers in the central state of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. "Police stopped BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and others at the outskirts of Mandsaur".

During the event, Rajnath also alleged that the Congress party created a crisis of credibility about the politicians in the country and the government.

The state government has appointed Om Prakash Srivastava as the new Mandsaur Collector.


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