Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: After Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited the violence-hit region of Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, a delegation from Aam Aadmi Party will do the same on Friday and is likely to meet the farmers. The news was confirmed by AAP leader Gopal Rai in a press conference where he said that a delegation that includes senior AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Bhagwat Mann will visit Mandsaur. Apart from this, Delhi MLA Somnath Bharti will also visit the region. Yesterday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was detained by the local police as he tried to enter the state despite the denial of permission.
Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan responded to the incident by saying it has blackened the face of democracy, reported PTI. “The incident of Rahul Gandhi’s detention has blackened the face of democracy today. It shows that this government is moving towards autocracy from democracy,” he was quoted saying by the agency. “Soldiers are dying while farmers are committing suicide due to the ineffective policies of this government. Over nine thousand farmers in Maharashtra have committed suicide. While the chief minister of Maharashtra tried to create a rift between striking farmers, his counterpart (in Madhya Pradesh) ordered firing of bullets that killed five farmers,” Chavan added.
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Meanwhile, farmer leader Basavaraj Ingin called it a move to gain political mileage. “I condone the incident that happened in Mandsaur. This should not have happened. Rahul Gandhi is an expert in taking advantage of any incident to gain political mileage. I suggest that Rahul Gandhi should have first advised the ministers of his party to come up with ideas for helping the farmers in their states and should have the right to talk about the inaction of the Madhya Pradesh Government. I also feel that the Congress should not create confusion among the farmers to gain political mileage,” Ingin told ANI.
In a major development, Curfew was today relaxed for the day in Mandsaur city and Pipliamandi as the situation in the areas hit by violent protests by farmers improved, reported PTI. SP Manoj Kumar Singh said authorities decided to relax curfew from 10 am to 6 pm as the situation has improved.