Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Youth Congress holds "Rail Roko" protest at Ghatkopar

Youth Congress holds

Mr Gandhi had tweeted yesterday that he wanted to meet the families of the five farmers killed in police firing.

Gandhi, also accompanied by senior party leaders Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath and Janata Dal-United's Sharad Yadav, took the opportunity to hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress vice president sent his security personnel into a tizzy after he took a bike ride to reach Mandsaur.

"Problem of farmers in Rajasthan are same as that of those in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. He can only give bullets to them", said Rahul.

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He said that the farmers from across the country were with the agitating peasants in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Farmers are demanding a loan waiver and better prices for their crops had begun a ten-day long protest on June 1. It may be recalled that farmers from the southern state of Tamil Nadu protested in the Indian capital for nearly a month.

One of the demands by the farmers is that they should get appropriate price for their produce.

A high voltage drama unfolded at Nimuch near Rajasthan- Madhya Pradesh border when local administration tried to stop Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his convoy from visiting violence hit Mandsaur.

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The farmers allege that the Madhya Pradesh Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deliberately opened fire at them when they were protesting on Tuesday. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said: "The BJP has nearly been acting like a curse of death for Indian farmers, literally - not figuratively".

State chief minister, Shivraj Chouhan has blamed the anti-social elements for the farmers agitation turning violent.

Indore-based progressive farmer, businessman, and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) functionary Shreekant Zamindar, also rejected the claims made by Bajpai. However, BJP censures Congress for trying to derive political mileage out of the incident. Seven farmers were also wounded in the firing. In a desperate bid to bring the situation under control, authorities imposed curfew late on Tuesday in parts of Mandsaur district.

As a result of the arrest of Congress leaders, fresh protest have triggered fire in Ujjain district as farmers block national highway.

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