First it was firing on farmers demanding fair price for their produce in Mandsaur who were fired upon by police and five farmers were officially killed in the melee. What followed was the arrest of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, reflecting how desperate is BJP to stop him from reaching out to farmers. Ironic but state home minister blamed Rahul for riding pillion on a bike without helmet.
Finally, BJP-ruled MP government was able to arrest Rahul Gandhi on Thursday as he tried to defy police warnings and barricades to hop on to a bike and set out on foot to reach Mandsaur. He was arrested and taken to a make-shift jail and released four hours later.
“Rahul Gandhi tried to break all security provisions which is wrong. It doesn’t suit a national party leader to ride a bike without helmet like a college student,” said Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh, who was desperate to hide that truth that five farmers were killed in the firing initially and later revealed that it was true.
Mandsaur is witnessing one of the large groups of farmers protesting on the roads demanding better prices for their crop and loan waivers, a la Uttar Pradesh BJP government. Mr Gandhi had tweeted from the jail that he finally spoke to the families of the frmers on the phone, while in custody.
Currently, Mandsaur has been placed under a round-the-clock curfew. “Modi waived money for the elite but he cannot waive farmer loans. He can only give goli to farmers,” Mr Gandhi said.
Madhya Pradesh, a BJP stronghold will go to Assembly elections next year.
Rahul Gandhi showed how he can enter even the barricaded police fence to reach out the families of farmers whose lives were lost in the firing. First he flew to Rajasthan’s Udaipur and reached MP border towards Mandsaur, around 180 km away.
When MP Police stopped him at the border, he soon jumped on to a bike and started towards Mandsaur but was stopped again near the fields. He then started walking towards Mandsaur when the police arrested him and taken him to a temporary jail in Mandsaur. He was allowed to speak over phone to the families of killed farmers and let off four hours later.
Last month, the BJP-ruled UP government banned him from entering riot-hit Saharanpur. Rahul Gandhi needs no friends as BJP is giving him enough political mileage to emerge as the next best alternative.
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