Rahul Gandhi in Mandsaur, Highlights: ‘Will waive off farm loans within 10 days if Congress comes to power in Madhya Pradesh’

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New Delhi | Updated:Jun 06, 2018 5:52:32 pm

Rahul Gandhi in Mandsaur LIVE: Congress president said that the party will waive off farm loan if the party returns to power in the state where elections will be held in November later this year.

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Rahul Gandhi in Mandsaur LIVE: Congress president Rahul Gandhi today promised to waive off farm loan within 10 days if his party comes to power in Madhya Pradesh. Addressing a rally in Mandsaur, where six farmers were killed in police firing a year ago, Rahul asked people to vote for the Congress because party wants “transform the state”. He also said that action will be taken against those responsible for killing farmers during agitation last year in Mandsaur.

After arriving here in afternoon, Rahul first met the families of the farmers of the violence and paid floral tribute. He said that the Shivraj Singh Chauhan government in the state and the BJP government at the Centre are not concerned about the farmers’. “They are helping their rich businessmen friends is their only priority,” he told the gathering.

The BJP has been in power for the last 15 years and the Congress party is looking to cash in on the farmers’ anger to mark its return to power in Madhya Pradesh. On June 6 last year, Mandsaur, which was the epicenter of the farmers’ protest, was hit by violence. At least six farmers were killed in police firing and dozens were injured. The Congress president’s visit also comes amidst the ongoing farmers’ nationwide protest against the BJP-led NDA government anti-farmer policies.

 

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    14:51 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Farmers Congress' priority: Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi said that Congress party's priority is farmers and country's security. "The food we eat is all due to the efforts of our farmers and their families, not rich businessmen. Which is why farmers are our priority"

    14:45 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Asked PM Modi to waive off farm loan, says Rahul

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that he had raised the issues of farmers with PM Narendra Modi during a meeting. I told him - Narendra Modiji waive off the farm loan of farmers. "The truth is PM Modi and BJP are not concerned about farmers. Helping their rich businessmen friends is their only priority."

    14:41 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Rahul Gandhi promises food processing unit at every farm in MP

    Addressing the rally, Rahul Gandhi said that the Congress parts to transform the state. He said that the Congress will set up food processing unit at every farm in the state.

    14:31 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Rahul Gandhi meets families of farmers killed in Mandsaur
    14:27 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    'Will waive off farm loan within 10 days of govt formation'

    Congress leader said that the party if returns to power, will waive off the farm loan. “Within 10 days of the government formation, I assure you that the government will waive off farm loans.” Rahul also said that the perpetrators of the last year's crime will also be brought to the book within 10 days of the government formation. "Action will be taken against those responsible for killing farmers during agitation last year in Mandsaur district of MP."

    14:24 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Rahul Gandhi sounds poll bugle

    Rahul Gandhi has begun his speech. He said that the government was working for a selected group of people. He said that the government was crushing the farmers and just helping inductrialists financially. "There is no space for farmers' in government's heart."

    13:29 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    'SDM stopping farmer family from meeting Rahul'

    Parents of Abhishek Patidar, was among six farmers who were killed in police firing in Mandsaur last year, said that the SDM has asked them not to meet Rahul Gandhi. Abhishek's mother told ANI that the SDM called her second son to know 'whether we are going or not'. He told the SDM that his parents are going to meet Rahul Gandhi. "Then the SDM asked us not to meet Rahul Gandhi," she said.

    13:24 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Rahul Gandhi arrives in Mandsaur

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi has arrived in Mandsaur where he will soon address a mega rally of farmers. The Congres leader is also expected to meet the families of the farmers who were killed in police firing last year.

    13:04 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Rahul to sound Madhya Pradesh poll bugle on farmers plank?

    The state will go to polls in November later this year. The BJP has been in power for the last 15 years and the Congress will hope to cash in on the farmers' anger to mark its return to power. Today's rally and Rahul Gandhi's presence in Mandsaur, could be the party's beginning of the campaign ahead of Assembly polls. The rally could provide the pitch the grand old party needs to galvanize the sentiment that is prevailing against the incumbent Shivraj Singh Chouhan government over its failure to secure the farmer' rights.

    12:50 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    BJP calls farmers' protest a Congress movement

    The BJP has been alleging that the ten-day farmers' protest in Madhya Pradesh and different states has Congress's backing. Shivraj Singh Chauhad had said that the Congress was doing politics over death. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh too had dubbed the protest a Congress' movement.

    12:42 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Drones deployed for surveillance

    The administration has deployed heavy police personnel in the district to check law and order situation. A total of five companies of the SAF have been deployed in different pockets of the district. Besides, the administration has also deployed drones that will be used for surveillance.

    12:23 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Digvijaya Singh calls MP govt anti-farmer
    12:13 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    BJP govt learnt no lessons from Mandsaur tragedy: Kamal Nath
    12:05 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Jyotiraditya Scindia slams CM Shivraj
    11:59 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Madhya Pradesh farmers protest enters day 5

    Farmers in Madhya Pradesh launched a 10-day "Gaon Bandh" (village shutdown) agitation from June 1 for various demands including better remunerative prices for agriculture produce and a complete loan waiver. Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh president Shivkumar Sharma 'Kakkaji' had said that BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, former union finance minister Yashwant Sinha, and former VHP leader Praveen Togadia are likely to join the farmers' stir in Mandsaur on June 8.

    11:50 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    One lakh farmers to take part in Rahul Gandhi's Rally

    Madhya Pradesh Congress chief spokesperson Manak Agrawal has claimed that around one lakh people are expected to take part in Wednesday's meeting. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up ahead of Rahul's visit. Mandsaur Superintendent of Police Manoj Singh said that five companies of the SAF have been deployed across the district.

    11:16 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Rahul Gandhi meets party leaders ahead of Mandsaur visit

    PTI reported that Rahul, who returned from the United States on June 4 night, held a meeting with his party leaders and security forces ahead of his visit to Mandsaur. He will fly to Mandsaur in the afternoon where he will address the "kisan rally" at Khokhra (Pipliya Mandi) in the district. Family members of three out of the six people killed in police firing are expected to share stage with him.

    10:37 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    About Mandsaur violence

    On June 6, 2017, six farmers in Mandsaur of Madhya Pradesh were killed in police firing. Mandsaur was the centre of last years' farmers protest who were demanding better prices for their crops. The agitation was marred by violence at many parts in the state, especially in Mandsaur, which emerged as the epicentre of protests.  The six farmers who were killed in police firing at Pipliya Mandi during the agitation were identified as Kanhaiya Lal Patidar, Satyanarayan Dhangar, Abhishek Patidar, Bablu, Ghanshyam Dhakad and Chintaman Patidar.

    10:14 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Rahul Gandhi to meet families of farmers killed in Mandsaur

    During his visit here, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will meet the families of the farmers killed in police firing last year. According to reports, victims of the families are likely to share dais with the Congress leader when address the rally.

    09:50 (IST)06 Jun 2018
    Modi govt anti-farmer: Congress

    Ahead of Rahul Gandhi's rally, the Congress accused Modi government of being anti-farmer. “This government is anti-farmer, anti-poor and is also putting the security of the country at risk because of its wrong policies,” Congress leader Mohan Prakash said.

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