MP farmers’ agitation: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia released from detention

Madhya Pradesh farmers have been protesting since June 1, demanding loan waiver and better prices for their produce. The protests turned violent after five persons were killed in police firing in Mandsaur.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2017 8:13 pm
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Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday was arrested before he reached Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, the epicentre of farmers’ agitation after state police imposed section 144 in the region which prohibits more than four people from gathering, according to ANI. Scindia was arrested under section 151. Talking to media, before his arrest, Scindia has said he would go alone in Mandsaur as section 144 doesn’t prohibit a single person’s movement. “144 laga hai to maine police ko kaha hai mai akele jaunga. Kaun rok sakta hai agar ek insaan akele jana chahta hai ? (Section 144 has been imposed and, therefore, I told police that I would go alone. Let’s see who stops if someone plans to go alone?),” Scindia said. The Congress MP was released a few hours later.

Scindia, the Congress’ chief whip in Lok Sabha, was stopped from entering Mandsaur along with his supporters at Dhodar. He had said that he wanted to meet the family members of the five persons who were killed in police firing during farmers’ agitation last week.

Earlier, a party spokesman had said that the Congress leader would sit on a 72-hour-long ‘satyagraha’ from June 14 in Bhopal to protest against the “anti-farmer policies” of the BJP government in MP.

Madhya Pradesh farmers have been protesting since June 1, demanding loan waiver and better prices for their produce. The situation spiralled out of control as agitating protesters looted and set ablaze properties in several districts.

In the wake of protests, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had observed an indefinite fast in an attempt to calm down the rising tempers. However, he ended his fast on Sunday claiming that peace has returned to the state.

With inputs from Agencies

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    Sunder
    Jun 13, 2017 at 8:56 pm
    BJP governments at Centre and States have imposed an undeclared Emergency in large parts of the country. By barring opposition leaders from visiting disturbed areas they are denying agitating farmers access to leaders other than BJP b , and people of India the version of these leaders reg situation on the ground. Obviously there is much that the BJP governments to keep hidden from public knowledge.
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      Vnk
      Jun 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm
      Agriculture is a state subject. The problem has to be solved by them.
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        Vnk
        Jun 13, 2017 at 8:50 pm
        Farmers are unable to return bank loan. In future, banks should not give loan to farmers. Or farmers should have separate banks, where capital, deposits and loans should be only by them.
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          Vinay
          Jun 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm
          North Bengal is also facing riots. Are they for india or against india?. Why not visit Bengal. Karnataka, Tamilnadu , Kerala? Very negative opposition. They are not for development. They are only fir Power at center. People don't matter for congress.
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            Jai hind
            Jun 13, 2017 at 11:12 pm
            What's the issue in Kerala ...
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            KS KUMAR
            Jun 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm
            Why Rahul, Sharad Yadav and Digvijay Singh are not visiting Darjee where also an agitation is taking place. Or is it they visit only when agitations take place in BJP ruled states.
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              Abdul
              Jun 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm
              Indefinite fast by CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan was ended claiming Peace prevailed in Mandsaur. If Mandasur is peaceful then why cops are arresting leaders of opposition? Is it RSS tactics to keep the opposition gaining ground? Can RSS/BJP ever do a democratic and just act ever? Since its days from 1925, clemency letter, Mahatma hi kil ............... Mandasur everything is Anti National, still claim they are the authority.
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                SATISH
                Jun 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm
                These SCAMGRESS party ppl are cowards, crooks. They are just opportunists. During their 60 yrs of SCAM full rule, didn't do anything to farmers instead swallowed their money now shedding crocodile tears just to get their votes. Govt should not stop them let them go do whatever they want. PPL will still reject them
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                  Jai hind
                  Jun 13, 2017 at 6:17 pm
                  Phewww yet another cliche boy with cliche words pseudo,scamgress,60 years .... Man this is really boring now ... Bring some thing new to argue and debate with ,if those 60 years were given to BJP India would hve been split into 30 countries by now .... Bjp has proved that in 3 years itself . ..
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                    Chandu Shah
                    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:08 pm
                    Stupid congis always bring RSS into every argument
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                    Roby Mani
                    Jun 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm
                    Get your statistics correct Mr. Satish. India which was a deficit food grain country way back in the early sixties with a population of just around 30 crores was converted into a food grain surplus country by the late seventies in-spite of the population having grown two to three fold. This was possible only because of the steps taken by the then Congress Government by ensuring introduction of new technology, ensuring more and timely credit to farmers by nationalisation of banks, Bringing large tracts of land under irrigation by introduction of major and micro irrigation schemes, providing quality inputs in the form of high yielding varieties of seeds , fertilisers, introduction of MSP for crops such as sugarcane , paddy and wheat specially in the Northern states like Punjab etc etc. The BJP are now enjoying the fruits of the labour put in by the congress and people like you are made to believe that nothing has been done by them,
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                      Sunny
                      Jun 14, 2017 at 7:36 pm
                      CORRECT VIEW. INDIA AS OF TODAY IS MADE BY CONGRESS
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                    Trun
                    Jun 13, 2017 at 5:19 pm
                    Why have we become so coward. Does it seems like Indian state is in turmoil?? ? There in JK our army chief been camping, shows the intensity of problem there , here in Mandsour, all are getting arrested ? darjeering is burning,economic indicator looks tired. The signs are not good . everyone has to pull up their socks blaming each other will not do good. else we are sure to be doomed.
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