MP farmers’ protests: Rahul Gandhi arrested in Mandsaur, says PM Modi only cares for the rich

Rahul Gandhi arrested in Mandsaur: Rahul, who wanted to visit the families of the Madhya Pradesh farmers killed by police, said he wasn't given a reason for him being arrested.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2017 8:28 pm
Rahul Gandhi, Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh farmer protest, Congress Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on his way to Mandsaur. (Source: Twitter/@INCIndia)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police en route violence-hit Mandsaur on Thursday under section 151 of the CrPC (preventive arrest). Speaking to the media, he said he wasn’t given a reason for being arrested, and that the same was done to him in Uttar Pradesh as well. Earlier in the day, the police had maintained that they would not permit Gandhi to visit the district. The Congress leader reached Udaipur, Rajasthan, before leaving for MP by road. In Nimaheda town, in Chittorgarh district, he rode pillion for nearly 7 kilometres to reach the MP border. From there, he walked to the border, where he was taken into preventive custody.

Na kisaano ka karza maaf karte hain, na bonus dete; bas goliyaan dete hain (They don’t waive off farmers’ loan. Neither do they give any bonuses. Bullets are what all they give),” Gandhi said. “Narendra Modi can waive loans of the country’s rich but can’t do so for farmers.” He reiterated he wanted to  visit the district to meet the families of the five farmers killed by police firing on Tuesday. Read LIVE updates on the Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest here.

Prior to his arrest, Gandhi took to Twitter saying, “Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governmenet are doing their best to prevent me from entering MP and meeting the families of the farmers killed in Mandsaur. What law of the land says that it is illegal to stand in solidarity with farmers who were killed simply for demanding what is their right?”

Later, Gandhi said he spoke to the families of the deceased farmers on the phone and expressed condolences.

Gandhi was accompanied by Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Sachin Pilot and party leaders Digvijay Singh, Girija Vyas and Kamalnath. Visuals, however, show him riding pillion towards Mandsaur.

Read: Congress using farmers’ protest as photo op, says Venkaiah Naidu. Click here.

Digvijay Singh, speaking to reporters at Neemuch border, targeted the central government saying it is working ‘foolishly’. He demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who was with Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh requested police personnel to allow them to meet the farmers’ kin. “We are just five people, allow us to go. We are here to meet those injured in the protests and meet the families of the dead,” Yadav said. Digvijay Singh added: “How can you stop three people citing Section 144?”

(With inputs from agencies)

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    George Cruz
    Jun 8, 2017 at 6:26 pm
    The congress party for the last two decades has destro the economy, soft on terror emanating in the LOC from Pak, all kinds of scams used for the looting the country's wealth, and inciting the farmers to commit protests/riots for their self-gains and for demonizing the development oriented BJP/RSS. The truth is that the congress party and the communists haven't provided any real help other than the lip services like joining the protesting farmers for photo op which has resulted in the death of the many misguided farmers. Rahul G-a-n-d-h-i has to realize that he is not above the law and if commits anti-national activities like his support of the Kashmir separatist Islamic Jihadists at the risk of India's integrity/security. Even the Christians/Muslims who are blinded by their religion who have supported Rahul G-a-n-d-h-i in the past may not support him this time because they have realized that Rahul G-a-n-d-h-i is not a capable leader for fast developing country like India.
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      Jun 8, 2017 at 6:08 pm
      Supers ious bhakts of modi..... always blaming Rahul for what...... killers arresting innocent ..when modi passed new law...what is the harm if he wants to meet the family of deceased...if it is politics than what else should politician do
      1. S
        Jun 8, 2017 at 6:05 pm
        What!!!? They arrested him now? How come he was not in jail already for looting the country?!! You must be joking. He must have been on parole
        1. L
          Jun 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm
          This person is a commoner like other Indian.But he behaves in such a way that India is his personal family et. Members of his family always behave like they are the giver and we(the common Indian) are the taker. Beware! People of this country will not tolerate the king or prince like at ude of you or your family more.Obviously we will teach a lesson for the misdeeds committed by you and your family.
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            L bhadrapati Devi
            Jun 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm
            For every drop of blood of farmers, RaGa is counting his brownie points. The play political game at the cost farmers. Shall we be easy pray of Khoonki Hath?
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