New Delhi, June 3: Amid the ongoing 10-day nationwide strike called by the farmers, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said he will be addressing a rally in Mandsaur of Madhya Pradesh on June 6. Last year on the same day, six farmers had died in a police firing. Also Read - MPBSE 12th Supplementary Result 2020 Declared at mpbse.nic.in, Here's How to Check
The Congress scion also took to the micro-blogging site and tweeted, “In our country, 35 farmers commit suicide every day. Farmers have been forced to hold 10-day agitation against Central government’s failure to address the agrarian distress. While standing with farmers in their fight for justice, I will address a farmers rally in Mandsaur on June 6.” Congress’s communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the government’s apathy towards farmers had led to a nation-wide stir from June 1 to 10. Also Read - Unbelievable! 'Lost' River That Ran Through Thar Desert in Rajasthan 172,000 Years Ago Found
“The Modi government’s uncaring, insensitive, apathetic and thick-skinned attitude to the issues raised by 62 per cent of India’s population – farmers – has precipitated into a nationwide protest by our ‘Annadata’. (Also Read: Protest Turns Violent in Jaipur, Police Resort to Lathicharge)
“The all-India protest by lakhs of farmers from June 1 to 10 to observe the first anniversary of the Mandsaur shooting is a direct affirmation of the ‘anti-farmer’ policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said in a statement.
On Friday, thousands of farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana started a 10-day nationwide strike under the banner of Kisan Ekta Manch and Rashtriya Kisan Maha Sangh demanding waiver of loans, right price for their crops and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission. In the wake of the protest, farmers also dumped their produce, milk and other food items on the roads.
The two organisations represent 172 farmer bodies. Balbir Singh Rajewal, president of Bharat Kisan Union also said that farmers have been told not to send supplies to cities but can sell in villages. He blamed the Central and state governments for not preventing farmer suicides and for not implementing minimum income guarantee scheme and recommendations of Swaminathan Commission report.
The report said several farmer unions have called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ this Sunday which would impact states like Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
(With agency inputs)