Highlights: Rahul Gandhi meets relatives of farmers killed in Mandsaur
Rahul Gandhi met the families of the farmers killed in police firing during last year’s Mandsaur protests and addressed a rally that marked the beginning of the Congress’ assembly election campaign in Madhya Pradesh. Here are the highlights:Updated: Jun 06, 2018 21:48 IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed a farmers’ rally in Piplya Mandi town of Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district, exactly a year after seven farmers died in police firing.
The rally kick-started Congress’ election campaign in the poll-bound state, where Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s government has been on the backfoot over the deaths of the farmers in Mandsaur on June 6 last year.
The Congress hopes to ride farmer discontent and dislodge the BJP in a state that the latter has ruled since 2003. Gandhi threw his weight behind the farmers’ protest in several states between June 1 and June 10, to observe the anniversary of the Mandsaur firing.
Here are the highlights:
4.30pm: Congress president Rahul Gandhi meets family members of farmers who died in Mandsaur farmers protest last year.
3.04pm: My dream is that when we come here after 5-7 years and look at our phones, we find “Made in Mandsaur” written on it. Narendra Modi and Shivraj Singh won’t be able to do this work. Kamal Nath and Scindia (Jyotiraditya Scindia) can do this: Rahul Gandhi
2.52pm: “It’s a long road ahead. Forget false promises and walk with us,” he says.
2.50pm: “My first priority is the people of this country, second priority is my Congress karyakartas and third priority is the Congress leaders,” says the Congress president.
2.48pm: “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,” says Rahul Gandhi.
2.47pm: “We will devote all our energies upliftment of farmers and creating employment for the youth to transform Madhya Pradesh,” says Rahul Gandhi.
2.45pm: “The truth is PM Modi and BJP are not concerned about farmers. Helping their rich businessmen friends is their only priority,” says the Congress president.
2.44pm: “We have a record of forgiving farmer’s loans. The UPA government forgave Rs 70,000 crore worth of loans. Karnataka and Punjab have done it too,” says Rahul Gandhi.
2.40pm: “Every district in Madhya Pradesh will have food processing units near farms. Farmers will be able to sell their produce directly to factories. We will create a food chain from where the produce will go the cities and farmers will directly receive the money due to them,” Rahul Gandhi says.
2.36pm: “We want farmers to get the respect they deserve.I will not say that I will give you Rs 15 lakh. But I will do what I say. I will not tell you my ‘mann ki baat’ but I will listen to yours,” says Rahul Gandhi.
2.34pm: “Narendra Modi has betrayed farmers. He promised to get them the right price for the produce,” says Rahul Gandhi.
2.33pm: “PM Modi waived off loan worth Rs 1.5lakh crore of just 15 businessmen, but when I requested him to waive off farm loans, he had nothing to say,” says Rahul Gandhi.
2.31pm: “Is there anybody here who can say that Narendra Modi has given me employment?” asks Rahul Gandhi.
2.27pm: “I assure you, when Congress forms government in Madhya Pradesh, farmers’ loans will be waivered within 10 days. The families of the farmers (who were killed in Mandsaur last year) will get justice in 10 days and we will take action against those responsible for the firing,” says the Congress president.
2.25pm: Rahul Gandhi says, “Modi government praises farmers but when they demand the right price for their produce and ask for their loans to be waivered, his government does not listen.”
2.20pm: Rahul Gandhi begins his address at the rally in Mandsaur.
2.14pm: Rahul Gandhi tweets, “One year after the Mandsaur firing, the investigation report is still not here. The families of the martyred farmers await justice. I understand the pain of losing family. Today I spent some time with these families and shared their pain.”
मंदसौर गोलीकांड के एक साल बाद भी जाँच आयोग की रिपोर्ट नहीं आई है। शहीद किसानों के परिवार न्याय का इंतज़ार कर रहे हैं। अपने परिजनों को खोने का दर्द मैं जानता हूँ। आज पीड़ित परिवारों के साथ कुछ पल बिताकर उनका दर्द बाँटने की कोशिश की। pic.twitter.com/JImmFD6GMr— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 6, 2018
1.49pm: Rahul Gandhi pays his respects to the farmers killed in last year’s police firing in Mandsaur and meets their families.
7.01am: Rahul Gandhi is expected to address the Kisan Samriddhi Sankalp Rally at Khokhra (Piplia Mandi) in Mandsaur at 1 pm.