MP: Kumar Vishwas reaches Ghogalgaon, urges jal satyagrahis to continue their agitation
Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on Saturday met Ghogalgaon Jal Satyagrahis to extend his support to the cause of the farmers standing waist-deep in water of the Omkareshwar dam.indore Updated: Apr 25, 2015 22:18 IST
Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on Saturday met Ghogalgaon Jal Satyagrahis to extend his support to the cause of the farmers standing waist-deep in water of the Omkareshwar dam.
The poet-turned-politician urged the 30-odd farmers to continue with their agitation.
"The whole world is keeping a tab on you and your agitation will yield fruit," he told farmers.
Vishwas also took a dig at chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who on Friday had called the ongoing Jal Satyagraha "anti-development" and "against the prosperity and happiness of western Madhya Pradesh".
"We are not against development or construction of dams in the area, because farmers need continuous supply of water and electricity. But they (farmers) need proper rehabilitation and land-for-land," the self-styled comedian said.
The AAP leader also accused the state government of being is insensitive towards the farmers' plight.
He said every day as many as four farmers were committing suicides in Madhya Pradesh due to the anti-farmers policies of the government.
This comes only four days after Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh had hanged himself from the tree during the party's rally against Land Bill in Delhi.
Quoting the official figures, the AAP leader said in last 10 months more than 8,000 farmers across the country had ended their lives.
"But no one is raising this issue…But (after) one farmer committed suicide during the AAP rally (in Delhi), the whole media world started abusing Arvind Kejriwal and launched (an) anti-Aam Adami Party campaign across the country," the Kejriwal loyalist told reporters.
Villagers show black flags to AAP convoy
Hundreds of farmers from Barwah and Sanawad areas, in Khandwa district, showed black flags to Vishwas' convoy accusing the AAP leader of playing "cheap vote bank politics".
At Sanawad, a few protestors also lobbed stones on his convoy, but nobody injured in the incident, police said.
The protestors questioned why the AAP leaders continued with their speeches when Gajendra Singh was trying to kill himself. They also called some of comments made by the AAP leaders as insensitive.
"They (AAP leaders) just came here to increase their vote bank. They have nothing to do with farmers' plight. Hundreds of farmers (are) ending their life across the country daily, but nobody visits their families to console them," Praveen Sharma, a villager, said.
Confirming the protests lodged by farmers, Barwah police station in-charge Ajit Singh Bais said, "A large number of agitated farmers and villagers stopped Vishwas' convoy and showed him black flags. However, Vishwas was not present in the car."
First Published: Apr 25, 2015 22:12 IST