New Delhi: In a tragic incident, a farmer allegedly died of a heart attack at an election rally of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jyotiraditya Scindia in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. Notably, the rally was held ahead of Madhya Pradesh by-polls scheduled on November 3.Also Read - UP Elections 2022: Minister Swati Singh, Husband Daya Shankar Singh Vying For Same Seat in Lucknow. Who Will BJP Choose?
If reports are to be believed, the farmer identified as Jeevan Singh, had collapsed on the chair at the rally when BJP’s Pandhana MLA Ram Dangore was addressing the rally. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Elections 2022: Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh Among Congress' 30 Star Campaigners. List Here
Speaking to PTI, Mundi police station in-charge Antim Pawar said that a 70-year-old farmer identified as Jiwan Singh, a resident of Chandpur village in the district, came to attend the public meeting at Mundi on Sunday. But his condition deteriorated and he collapsed on the chair. Also Read - "Pakistan's PM Urged Me To Induct Sidhu In Cabinet", Says Former CM Amarinder Singh Ahead Of Punjab Assembly Election | WATCH
“He was taken to a hospital, where doctors declared him dead. Initial investigation revealed that he died of a heart attack,” he said.
As the news spread, those sitting around him dispersed while surprisingly, Scindia urged all those present in the rally to maintain one-minute silence for the deceased and commenced his speech.
Congress Attacks BJP
Scindia’s decision to continue the rally after the farmer’s death has stoked a fresh controversy. Taking to Twitter, Madhya Pradesh Congress has shared a video from the rally where the farmer’s body can be seen lying on the chair while speeches of leaders can be heard in the background.
“Farmer’s death in BJP’s rally, —speeches continued nonetheless; Today, a farmer died in BJP program, but the shameless leaders of BJP did not stop the program. The dead body of the farmer was lying and the shameless BJP kept applauding. Shivraj ji, Do not fear the public, fear God ..!”
Scindia Hits Back
“Congress is doing cheap politics even on sensitive issues, as usual. Even before my arrival in the rally, our ‘Annadata’ (farmer) had passed away. He was immediately rushed to hospital by the workers,” Scindia said through a tweet.
“When I got to know of this tragic incident after reaching the rally I asked people to keep silence to pay tributes to the Annadata. Politics is medium of public service for me and I don’t want a certificate from Congress for this,” he added.