Mandsaur, June 6: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is set to kickstart his party’s election campaign as he addresses farmers here on the first anniversary of the death of six farmers in police firing during an agitation. In view of the gathering as well as the farmers’ strike which saw farmers from multiple states joining the protest, the Home Ministry had put the district on high alert on June 1. Families of the farmers killed in police firing during the 2017 farmers’ agitation would also meet Gandhi. “We’ll tell him if they come to power they’ll have to implement recommendations of Swaminathan Commission report,” said a member of one such family.Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Congratulates PV Sindhu for Winning Bronze
In the rallies in Pipliamandi, in Khokra region, Gandhi would be joined by other senior leaders as well, said reports. Gandhi’s private plane would reportedly land at the Mandsaur airstrip around 12.30pm from where he would be taken to the Khokra venue in a chopper. He might also hold a roadshow along the Pipliya mandi-Mandsaur route. News18 has reported that the Congress is expecting a 2 lakh-strong participation in Gandhi’s maiden meet ahead of Madhya Pradesh ahead of Assembly polls. Party workers from Pratapgarh, Chittorgarh, Kota and other areas will also be brought into Mandsaur for the event, it said. Also Read - PM Modi, HM Amit Shah Have 'Hit Soul of India's Democracy by Using Pegasus': Rahul Gandhi
Senior leaders, including state party chief Kamal Nath, coordination committee chairman Digvijaya Singh, campaign committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ajay Singh, Suresh Pachauri, Kantilal Bhuria and others are expected to attend the meet. Also Read - Punjab Congress Infighting: Captain Writes to Sonia, Expresses Displeasure Over Sidhu's Elevation | Key Points
Meanwhile, as per a report in The Economic Times, Gandhi is likely to announce Kisan Samriddhi Sankalp, the Congress’ plan for farmers if it comes to power. Jitu Patwari, working president of MP Congress told ET that the purpose of the rally was to announce how the Congress had chalked out a plan to work for farmers in the state. “The debt on them in increasing every day but Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is busy claiming he has five national Krishi Karman awards. It is a shame that while farmers with their hard work are constantly producing more crops in the State, the government is doing nothing to get them proper remuneration or even stall middlemen,” he said.
Last year, in an agitation gone awry, six farmers were killed when the police had to open fire at the protesters. Gandhi had then demanded martyrs’ status for the deceased.