On farmer issues, CM Chouhan says Rahul Gandhi wouldn’t even know how ladies’ finger is grown
Rahul Gandhi had visited Mandsaur to commemorate the deaths of farmers during protests last year and had promised to waive off their loans within 10 days of Congress coming to power.Madhya Pradesh Elections 2018 Updated: Aug 06, 2018 22:23 IST
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan targeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi over farmers’ issues, calling him a “Delhi-waale” (Delhiite) who wouldn’t know how a ladies’ finger is grown.
Chouhan’s remarks came on Sunday during his Jan Ashirvad Yatra through constituencies in Neemuch and Mandsaur, two months after Rahul Gandhi visited the latter district to commemorate the deaths of farmers during protests last year. Rahul had promised to waive off their loans within 10 days of Congress coming to power.
Promising drinking water schemes worth Rs 800 crore and Rs 800 for a quintal of garlic and half that price for onion, Chouhan said, “Jinhone kabhi khet ki pagdandi nahi dekhi, khalihan nahi dekhe, Congress ke aise neta kisano ke hit ki baaten karte hain… Delhi waale Rahul se yadi poochha jaaye ki bhindi kaise lagti hai to we bata nahi paayenge (Those Congress leaders who have not seen the demarcation line of a farm or a granary are talking about the interests of farmers. If Delhi’s Rahul is asked how a ladies’ finger is grown, he won’t be able to tell).”
“BJP government has deposited Rs 33,000 crore in farmers bank accounts so far across the state,” he said as the BJP continues to stick to its stand that the government was giving farmers much more benefits than the loan waiver.
Reacting to Chouhan’s attack on Rahul, state Congress spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta said, “Instead of talking of Congress, CM should have told farmers in Mandsaur and Neemuch as to why his police killed six of them and why the government is sitting on the judicial commission report.”
“As far as Congress is concerned, its government at the Centre had waived loan of farmers to the tune of Rs 52,000 crore with a stroke of pen. Will CM tell why he cannot waive a loan?” he asked.
On June 6 last year, in Mandsaur’s Pipliya Mandi, six farmers were killed — five in police firing — during protests for loan waiver and hike prices of farm produce.
The incident led to farmers’ agitation turning violent mainly in Malwa region during which a good number of government and private vehicles were set afire.
Jan Ashirvad Yatra is part of the BJP’s election campaign led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and launched on April 14. It will cover all the 230 assembly constituencies of the state by September 25 as the party tries to retain power for the fourth consecutive term in the state.
First Published: Aug 06, 2018 21:57 IST