Rahul Gandhi in Mandsaur: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is expected to visit Madhya Pradesh city of Mandsaur today a day after 6 farmers were killed in a firing during the agitation on the Mandsaur-Neemuch highway. In two tweets yesterday, the Congress vice president had slammed the government over the incident. Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi posted this statement, “This Government is at war with the farmers of our country”. The Congress vice president, in another tweet, alleged that farmers are being killed for demanding their rights. “In BJP’s new India farmers are being killed for demanding their rights”, he had said.
Meanwhile, state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today spoke to BJP president Amit Shah over the phone on the of the situation in Mandsaur, a PTI report said.Yesterday, he had appealed for peace to the protesting farmers and also announced Rs 1 crore compensation to the families of those killed in the incident.
“In the past 11 years, there have been countless decisions made for the welfare of farmers. The various demands of the farmers have been fulfilled. I offer my condolences to the victims of Mandsaur incident. Rs. one crore will be given to the kin of the deceased and Rs. five lakh for those injured,” the Chief Minister said, adding that the state government is ready to come out with a solution through communication,” the chief minister was quoted as saying by ANI.
Chouhan, while ordering the probe on the incident, also hit back at the Congress for giving a political angle to the violence after Rahul Gandhi had accused the Centre of waging war against nation’s farmers.
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Farmers are demanding a fair price for their produce and loan waiver after they suffered losses due to scarcity of rain – their produce is not fetching remunerative prices, they aver. Following the violent incidents, internet services in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain remain suspended after protests, and a curfew has been imposed.