Rajasthan police to check whether Rahul violated traffic rules

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi accompanied with senior Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Kamalnath, Mohan Prakash and JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav entered Madhya Pradesh via Udaypur of Rajasthan today.

However, before his detention, Rahul charged the Narendra Modi government with writing off the loans of rich industrialists to the tune of Rs 1,50,000 crore but did not waive the loans of poor farmers.

He supported the farmers' demand for loan waiver and said that they were not getting their due. "Can't I go to Madhya Pradesh or Uttar Pradesh?"

It may be recalled that Rahul had earlier said that he is being prevented by the state government to meet the families of farmers who were killed in Mandsaur during the protest. "They gave me no reason for the detainment and just arrested me".

Ahead of his visit to Mandsaur, violence again flared up as a toll plaza was vandalised and Rs 8-10 lakh were looted. "They claimed that the protests have been deferred, which enraged the farmers", Raisen said.

Police lobbed tear gas shells and cane-charged protesters after a stone-pelting incident near the local market in Shajapur. In retaliation, police opened fire at the farmers, killing five on the spot. "Gandhi reached Udaipur from Delhi in a chartered plane and left for Madhya Pradesh in a four wheeler by road..." "I appeal to the farmers to join hands to work for the state's development", the MP chief minister said.

Madhya Pradesh is one of several largely agricultural Indian states that have suffered disappointing rains and crop failures in recent years. Slogans of "Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan" and "Rahul Gandhi zindabad" could be heard as the procession made its way towards Mandsaur.

For over a week, a large group of farmers have been protesting in Mandsaur, demanding better prices for their crop and loan waivers. "Narendra Modi and Chief Minister (Shivraj Singh Chouhan)".

Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh government conveyed to the Centre that the five farmers who died earlier in the week, were victims of police firing, ending the confusion over who was responsible for their deaths.

According to PTI, Seven cases were today lodged and 62 persons detained in connection with the farmers' agitation in the violence-hit district, police said. "The demands we have are not for the state government, it is for the central government", he added.

BJP leaders also privately concede that the farmers' stir has given "oxygen" to the Congress in the state.

Keeping a key election promise, the newly-formed state government in Uttar Pradesh chose to waive farm loans worth 363.59 billion rupees ($5.6 billion) for over 21.5 million farmers at its first cabinet meeting in April.

  • Zachary Reyes