Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: Don’t politicise the issue, Venkaiah Naidu tells Congress

To soothe frayed nerves, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore and a job to the next of kin of each dead and Rs five lakh and free treatment to the injured.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2017 11:57 am
Madhya Pradesh, mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh farmers, Mandsaur farmer protest, MP Farmer protest, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Mandsaur farmers, Farmers protest MP, Madhya Pradesh news Mandsaur farmers protest: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that Madhya Pradesh is an island of calm, while urging Congress to not politicise the issue. (Source: ANI)

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu chided the Congress party on Wednesday for politicising the farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur after at least six farmers were killed and eight others injured in two separate incidents of firing in the area on Tuesday. In a statement to news agency ANI, Naidu said: “Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace. I tell Congress don’t politicise, don’t fuel violence in the name of farmers.”

READ: After Maharashtra, farmer unrest rocks MP: 6 killed in firing, govt ready for talks

After Maharashtra, where the government moved to contain a spiralling situation arising out of farmers’ protest through loan waivers, a similar situation quickly turned violent in Mandsaur when at least six farmers were killed and nearly eight others injured in alleged police firing. After protesters alleged that police fired at them, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh, who had earlier denied the charge, later conceded that police may have fired in self-defence at one place. A judicial probe has been ordered and curfew imposed in Mandsaur.

To soothe frayed nerves, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore and a job to the next of kin of each dead and Rs five lakh and free treatment to the injured. A police officer said that out of six deaths, five were killed when farmers tried to storm the Pipalia Mandi police station and resorted to arson. The sixth death took place in Bahi village, which is not too far from Pipalia Mandi. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Patidar Samaj chief Mahendra Patidar said bodies of farmers killed at Pipalia Mandi will not be cremated till the chief minister comes to the spot.

Protesters blocked traffic and torched vehicles in Mandsaur and the adjoining district of Neemuch even as sporadic incidents have occurred elsewhere in the state ever since June 1 when the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) announced the agitation.

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    Samir
    Jun 8, 2017 at 7:25 am
    Hey! Rishi you are saying just the opposite and I do understand that being human is easy and being a Bhakt is so difficult. All the gimmicks by BJP to muster votes in the name of development is surfacing all over, be in the name of demonetization, black money, Ram Mandir, Beef ban, Triple Talaq, Make in India, the list is never ending but for sure every dog has his day.
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      rishi
      Jun 8, 2017 at 12:11 am
      There appears to be a sharp decline in anti-Modi rants online lately.....looks like those who didn't vote for BJP are also recognising the true strengths and merits of a fully home-grown political combine of RSS-BJP-Led-NDA Government is smarter than the one that was thrust upon the Nation with the formation of the Republic.....BJP's increasing popularity is indeed the most positive development in Indian politics......as against an ancient almost-fatally-wounded colonial-congress which got duly exposed at best as the most destructive legacy of the british.
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        rajan
        Jun 8, 2017 at 2:46 am
        Myopia isn't letting you see things in their true perspective. If Congress is bearing the brunt for its failure to curb corruption during UPA-II, India is suffering everyday now from the trauma of unabashed communalism, casteism, cow vigilantism & divisive politics under the garb of 'patriotism' or 'nationalism'. Diatribe against opposition might work for sometime but you can't erase the contribution of Congress during independence struggle or in development of the country. But for Nehru's vision, India would have been languishing & tottering like Pa-kistan. It was no easy task to keep India united post independence. Even Patel whom the despot is trying to project as the tallest leader at the expense of Nehru, by erecting his statue, himself imposed ban on RSS for its politics of division. Ga-ndhi, one of the greatest souls ever, favoured Nehru over Patel.Why? He saw in Nehru a leader with no hunger for power. With your myopia you can't see saffronites, the sunshine patriots' role....
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          rajan
          Jun 8, 2017 at 3:15 am
          .... kil of the great man. No point preaching Ga-ndhi for votes & practicing Godse for Hindutva. No one has yet forgotten Modi's role in 2002. It's not what a 'small fry' common man alleging against him. It was his own PM, the only acceptable BJP leader, Shri Vajpayee, who castigated him for not performing 'RAJDHARMA'. Remember or not? If amnesia is afflicting Bhajtards, they can refer to the archives and see what, not an ordinary man, but the then PM of India said in the Press Conference in Gujarat right in the presence of your 56" 'Bheegi Billi'. Can you say that he was not in the know of things? In the name of development & digital India one can't continue to ignore the facts of the 'summer soldiers' who made no sacrifices but specialise in chopping sacrificial lambs at the altar of communalism.
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        rishi
        Jun 7, 2017 at 11:56 pm
        Roys....two more money launderers identified by CBI......there are a lot more ....65yrs of colonial-congress did create a huge nuisance value in such dubious elements who all suc bed to the corruption and greed-driven politics of yore.....orddinary mortals who would have wished they could get away ....but Modi is watching all of them in the interest of a billion-plus Indians seeking an end to such financial debauchery that NDTV founders appear to have indulged in....there is enoughj cir stantial evidence against them anyway in their anti-India, anti-RSS rhetorics in their TV-programmes meant to please their italian-mistress !
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          JS
          Jun 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm
          Bharatiya Jokers Party at its best! They have only been foo people and this what they will continue to do for the rest of their term. MP is just the beginning. More to follow soon.
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            JS
            Jun 7, 2017 at 10:16 pm
            First learn what is politics
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