Mandsaur farmers protest: Rahul Gandhi says PM Modi only interested in waiving loans of rich

08 June 2017, 03:45 PM
Rahul Gandhi (Twitter/INC India)
Rahul Gandhi (Twitter/INC India)

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he can waive loans of the country’s rich but can’t do the same for farmers. The Congress vice president said this just before he was detained by the police.

Rahul lashed out at Centre and the Madhya Pradesh government, saying both PM Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan were responsible for the deaths of farmers in Mandsaur.

He said that Modi could waive loans worth Rs 1.50 lakh crore of the rich but not for farmers. “He can’t give the right rates for their agricultural produce, can’t give them bonus, can’t give compensation... He can only give them bullets.”

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Hundreds of Congress workers as well as senior leaders like Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot and Madhya Pradesh legislator Jaiwardhan Singh also courted arrest while trying to make their way to Mandsaur. They were taken to a guesthouse of a cement company, a police official said.

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(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Thursday, June 08, 2017 03:40 PM
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