Politics Over Farmers’ Death In MP, Rahul Detained At Border

Senior Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Digvijay Singh, Kamalnath and Sachin Pilot along with JD-U leader Sharad Yadav have been prevented from meeting the members of the families of the five farmers who were killed in police firing on Tuesday at Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh.

Bhopal: While the farmers’ crisis is deepening, political parties are trying to gain brownie points out of the situation. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi who was on his way to violence-hit Mandsaur was detained by police. The Congress leader who was on his way to meet the grieving families of farmers who lost their lives in the police firing was taken into preventive custody by the local authorities and rushed to an  undisclosed location.

Senior leaders including Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath, Sharad Yadav were also stopped by the MP police from entering Neemuch, while Rajasthan Congress unit chief Sachin Pilot was also detained.

Speaking to reporters, Rahul said, ”Farmers have been killed, I want to go there; PM has waived off a loan of ₹1.5 lakh crore for rich but can’t waive off a loan for farmers. They didn’t give any reason, just said they are arresting me. The same was done in Uttar Pradesh also.”

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Thursday accepted that five farmers were killed in firing by police in the Mandsaur. He admitted that it has been established in the probe, said a news agency. He earlier denied that farmers died due to police firing.

The city SP OP Tripathi said that around 62 people were detained in connection with recent violence in Mandsaur.

After the incident, Shivraj Singh government on Thursday transferred the Collector and SP of Mandsaur district in the wake of farmers’ killing in police firing.  A contingent of Rapid Action Force (RAF) was deployed in the district.

The Neemuch SP Manoj Kumar Singh stated prior to Rahul Gandhi reaching there by road, said that he will not be allowed to visit farmers in Mandsaur.

Amid Rahul Gandhi’s scheduled visit, the agitating farmers today intensified their protest in Mandsaur with reports claiming that one toll plaza was vandalised and ₹10 lakh were looted in stray incidents of violence in the district.

The Congress leader’s visit comes a day after the Centre ordered a judicial inquiry into the Mandsaur police firing incident in which five agitating farmers lost their lives.  Rahul had openly slammed the Centre over the killing of farmers in the protest on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Centre attacked Rahul’s visit saying that it is a publicity stunt.

But, the Congress has rebuffed reports of Gandhi participating in the ongoing farmers protest in Mandsaur, saying such a plan was never on the card for the party.

Demanding the presence of Chouhan, the protesting farmers, earlier in the day got into a scuffle with the Collector and Superintendent of Police of Mandsaur district over delaying their visit to the area.

Farmers hit the streets protesting over their demands for remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met.

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Rahul Takes TPCC To Poll Mode

Rahul Gandhi’s direct and vitriolic attack on KCR and his family at his massive rally at Sangareddy on Thursday has set the squabbling Congress leaders in Telangana in an election mode.

Hyderabad: The blistering attack on TRS’ 3-year rule and its supremo K Chandrasekhara Rao by AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi at a well-attended public meeting at Sangareddy was a morale booster for the faction-ridden TPCC. With this meeting and  the scathing attack, Rahul has taken the state wing to the poll mode and also given the state government a warning that it cannot simply brush the century-old party off.

Rahul has deviated from his usual soft stance and made a focused attack which was aimed directly at KCR, who completes three years in office on June 2. The savage speech, perhaps keeping in mind that TRS would go alone in 2019 elections, came a week after BJP national president Amit Shah making a similar vitriolic attack.

Rahul targeted youth and students, who, according to survey reports, are the most dissatisfied lot on KCR’s rule. He knew pretty well that the students, who fought for the statehood and also laid down their lives, can revolt against the government in a big way. He has repeatedly used the word “family rule” and “reaping the harvest by four-members of a family”( viz KCR, KTR, Kavita and Harish Rao) thereby attacking the core group. Rahul’s pungent criticism that KCR is squandering the public money for personal pleasure and that the government is working for the interests of contractors and land mafia have gone down well into the masses, Sravan, the Congress leader who translated Rahul’s speech, felt.

But Rahul’s remark that Telangana has become a graveyard of farmers will spark a row and the TRS would certainly make it an issue.

It might be recalled that Rahul’s role was very vital in the run up to granting of statehood three years ago. Congress expected that it can tie up with TRS and seize power in the new state but KCR’s shrewd political game made them numb stuck and finally the party was reduced to sit in Opposition.  Understanding that KCR was a hard nut to crack, Congress has now decided to chart its own course and with BJP too flexing its muscles, a three-cornered contest seems inevitable in 2019- with TDP almost dead in the state.

Giving direction to TPCC right from the stage at Sangareddy, Rahul asked the state leadership to start an agitation ‘to realize the dreams of Telangana people’. He asked them to knock every door in the state and enquire their needs and give an assurance that Congress would provide them everything they dreamt and all they need. But will the TPCC,  with leaders pulling in different directions, stand united and come to his expectations?

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Rahul Gandhi To Address Public Meeting At Guntur On June 4

AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address a public meeting at Guntur on June 4 to press for the Special Category Status (SCS) to the State. The Congress had mobilized support of 14 political parties across the country for the SCS and the leaders are likely to join the meeting.

Amaravati: The Congress, which had bifurcated the State in the most unprecedented manner, is now set to intensify its fight for getting Special Category Status (SCS). The Congress having lost its ground in the State after bifurcation, now finds the SCS as the only medicine that could help in revival of the party.

The Congress leaders have been holding on to the SCS issue right from the beginning and its MPs have been raising the issue to be alive. Its senior leader and MP K V P Ramachandra Rao had moved a private member bill in Rajya Sabha seeking SCS for the State. After repeated postponements and  a prolonged debate, the Rajya Sabha had left the bill to be finalized by the Lok Sabha Speaker calling it a finance bill.

Later on, the Congress leaders in the State went on collecting one crore signatures across the 13 districts of the State seeking SCS. The signatures were sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make him understand the need.

Now, having completed this, the Congress had mobilized support of 14 parties at the national level to support the AP demand for SCS. The AP Congress president N Raghuveera Reddy who has been keeping the SCS demand alive claimed that the 14 parties are ready to support the SCS demand in the Parliament if the issue was taken up.

Raghuveera Reddy who planned the meeting said that the leaders of the 14 national parties would speak at Guntur meeting along with the AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The Congress wants to use the issue to make a comeback to the State Assembly in the next elections. People across the State are ready to rally together only on the SCS demand on which the BJP and the TDP have gone back. Though the BJP had come forward with the special package in place of the SCS, people in the State are not accepting it and still asking for the SCS.

Originally the meeting was planned to be held at Bhimavaram in West Godavari district. But since there was not enough adequate ground support from the local leaders, the venue was shifted to Guntur, Raghuveera Reddy said.

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Rahul Gandhi Interacts With AP Congress Leaders

Rahul Gandhi interacted with leaders of Andhra Pradesh Congress Party and decided to address a rally at Bhimavaram in June second week demanding Special Status.

New Delhi: AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi had an interaction with the Congress leaders from Andhra Pradesh here on Tuesday.  He met APPCC president Raghu Veera Reddy, Rajya Sabha Member KVP Ramachandra Rao, T Subbarami Reddy, JD Seelam, Kondru Murali and Nadendla Manohar.

It was decided to organise a rally in the second week of June demanding Special Status at Bhimavaram in West Godavari district. Besides Rahul Gandhi, leaders of other parties supporting the demand would speak at the rally. The AP Congress leaders will stay back in Delhi to solicit support of leaders of other opposition parties.

The Congress leaders accused the TDP of creating bloodshed and indulging in murders. The police officers are made to sit on the floor while the TDP leaders sit on chairs. The ruling party MLAs are attacking Tahasildars and other government officers. While the Congress government did Jala Yagnyam, the TDP dispensation is doing Rakta Yagnyam. Raghu Veera Reddy told media persons that the Congress workers are protesting against Amit Shah’s visit since the BJP denied Special Status.

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Delhi Modi and Telangana Modi ignore farmers: Rahul

HYDERABAD: AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi today criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao of failing to keep their promises.

Addressing a public meeting at Vadyal in Adilabad district, Rahul dubbed Rao as “another Modi” for ignoring the plight of the farmers.

Taking a dig at Modi, Rahul asked whether our Prime Minister needs to wear a suit worth of 10 lakh rupees. He alleged that “Make in India” and “Bangaru Telangana” are merely slogans and not works of that stature. He blamed inefficiency of these governments to the unabated suicides by farmers across the nation.

He said the center and Telangana Governments have miserably failed to address the burning problems of farmers, who are backbone of the country.

“When there is a hailstorm or unseasonal rains, Modiji doesn’t visit the farmers. Here in Telangana, ‘mini-Modi’ (Rao) doesn’t see the farmers’ plight,” the Congress vice-president said.

Recalling that Modi had said that “Good days are ahead for the people” during election meetings, Rahul, quipped that Prime Minister Modi alone was enjoying good days after elections by wearing a suit and visiting foreign countries.  Sarcastically saying that one Modi was ruling the country from Delhi, another Modi was ruling the Telangana State, he said.

“Did the BJP and TRS governments give a job to a single person,” he asked.

Stating that both “Modi’s” did not care to console the kin of distressed farmers who committed suicides due to unbearable crop loss and debts, Rahul said he would not have visited Telangana to console kin of farmers, had the government came to their rescue and helped them financially.

Though the nation would march forward if industrialists and farmers joined hands, Rahul alleged that the non-Congress governments were leaving farmers in lurch and pleasing industrial giants for their benefits. (NSS)

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Rahul’s Tour is Political: Dattatreya

HYDERABAD: Lashing out at AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi for his Telangana visit, Union Labour and Employment Minister, Bandaru Dattatreya today accused the former of taking up a political voyage.

Addressing a press conference here, Dattatreya sought to know the Congress leader’s response on the suicides of farmers across the nation during UPA II regime.

The Congress party’s inefficiency provoked the suicides, and the UPA Government failed to address the grievances of the farmers, he alleged. The Congress leaders should abstain from political criticism and make constructive suggestions to the NDA Government at the Centre, he said.

However, we are not ready to tolerate meaningless comments of the Congress, Dattatreya said. Rahul Gandhi is a novice and lacks awareness and knowledge about anything, he charged. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was offering transparent governance and would address the daunting issues.

Dattatreya also remarked that for the cause of the workers the ESI corporation is offering the best medical services to 7.50 crore people in the country. When asked, Dattatreya said that Telangana Government was not ready to takeover Sanath Nagar Medical College. (NSS)

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Digvijay Singh flays KCR for unkept promises

  • Alleges Water Grid Scheme is to make money
  • Naidu adopting dual standards
  • Achhe Din only for Modi, Amit Shah

HYDERABAD: AICC general secretary and Congress party in-charge of Telangana State, Digvijay Singh has alleged that a huge scam is taking place in Water Grid Scheme introduced by the Telangana State Government in near future.

Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan here on Thursday, Digvijay Singh said that the TRS Government kept the assurances given by it on the attic. He said that the assurances like Steel Factory in Khammam, Railway Coach Factory etc, which were mentioned in AP Re-organization Act, have not been materialized yet. He said that the PCC has collected 50 lakh signatures demanding implementation of the assurances given during the division of the State.  He alleged that Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was giving priority to put up a show than working sincerely. He said that the people will not be benefited with the Water Grid Scheme, and predicted that the scheme will remain as a huge scam in near future. He alleged that the TRS Government is concentrating more on purchase of pipes than providing water to the people and said that there is no full-fledged project report with the Government.

Stating that the credit of giving Telangana State goes to Congress party, Digvijay Singh alleged that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was adopting dual stand on the issue of State division.

Condemning the remarks of Union Minister Giriraj against the AICC Chief Sonia Gandhi, Digvijay demanded the Centre to drop the minister from the Cabinet.

Stating that the Congress party brought Land Acquisition Act by convincing all political parties, the AICC general secretary said that the BJP Government is trying to bulldoze the Bill. The good days (ache din) are only for Narendra Modi and BJP Chief Amith Shaw but not for common people, he said. He found fault with the BJP, which stated that it will discuss with all political parties on Land Acquisition Bill, questioning as to why it failed to discuss the same before bringing the Ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill.

Digvijay said that the Congress party will organize a rally in New Delhi on April 19 supporting the farmers and AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi will participate in the rally.  Responding on Graduate MLC election results, Digvijay said that the party didn’t move forward properly and hence the defeat in the elections. (NSS)

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