Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Hitting out at PM Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Mandsaur violence that took place during the farmers protest, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi found a new acronym. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Singhvi, while reminding PM Narendra Modi of his manifesto promises, said NaMo stands for ‘Non-Agricultural Mal-governance Only’. He also questioned why PM hasn’t responded to the incident so far. “Why has the Prime Minister not uttered a word on the terrible tragedy that took place in Mandsaur?” Singhvi asked during his conference. He added that government has insulted the farmers by saying that no firing took place at all. “What is particularly insulting is the fact that the govt had denied that firing even took place,” he added.
Talking about, Rahul Gandhi’s decision to visit the region, Singhvi said ‘forget the photo opportunity these people are talking about’, not only was the Congress vice-president denied permission but rumours were also spread about him. “Rahul Gandhi, wanted to go there to express solidarity with farmers, but was denied permission,” he said. Singhvi said per day 4 farmers commit suicide in Madhya Pradesh and to add insult to injury, the government released two full page ads in newspapers claiming the benefits of their schemes today. He added that farmers were not only killed by bullets but also by those advertisements.
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When asked whether the CM should resign, Singhvi responded by saying the question of resignation comes only when there is empathy which isn’t the case with BJP. Meanwhile, earlier in the day another senior Congress leader Kamal Nath had lashed out at BJP for the incident. “An injustice is taking place with farmers in Madhya Pradesh. I demand a proper investigation of the Mandsaur incident. They are bidding over dead bodies. It is very shameful. They are talking about 5 lakh, 10 lakh, 1 crore. Shivraj Singh Chouhan (chief minister) must resign. At the end, it is his responsibility and it would be unjustified if any police officer is shifted,” he told ANI.