Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Congress MLA Shakuntala Khatik on Monday rubbished allegations of fueling violence during the farmers’ protest in Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradesh. Speaking to ANI, Khatik said, “I told police if they can’t ensure women safety then why are they sitting in police station, set it on fire.” Stressing that she did not instigate the workers of her party, Khatik said “Would they have remained silent, had I asked them to do so?”
Days ago, a video of the Congress lawmaker egging on a crowd of protesters to “burn the police station down” went viral on various social networking platforms. Khatik was part of a farmers’ protest – one of the many in the state over the past few days.
“Thaaney mein aag lagaa do (set the police station on fire),” Khatik can be heard saying in the video more than once as she raises slogans with the protesters, who were reportedly angry at being stopped by the police. However, in the video, a police official can be seen requesting the Shivpuri MLA to calm down.
As soon as the video started making headlines, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded Khatik’s arrest and also sought an apology from party vice-president Rahul Gandhi for such irresponsible behaviour of his party leader.
Watch the video here:
Congress MLA Shakuntala Khatik inviting people to burn police station in MP.. Shameful! pic.twitter.com/2dX4PmI6bm
— Tajinder Bagga (@TajinderBagga) June 9, 2017
Speaking on the issue, BJP leader S Prakash told ANI, “Certain Congress elements, who are instigating violence and appealing the mob to set the police station on fire, have been caught on the camera red-handed. It’s unfortunate that just for the sake of votes, the Congress has stooped so low and staged a violent protest. “
“The Congress should answer for this and Rahul Gandhi should apologise for the irresponsible behaviour of his party leader. I request the government to immediately arrest the miscreants and book them under relevant acts to ensure normalcy in MP,” he added further.
The video was initially posted by BJP spokesperson Tajinder Bagga on Twitter calling the comment ‘shameful’. The post was re-tweeted 1,200 times.