Scin­dia high­lights ‘be­trayal’ of farm­ers dur­ing cam­paign

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BHOPAL : Congress’ Mad­hya Pradesh cam­paign com­mit­tee chief Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia on Satur­day high­lighted the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gov­ern­ment’s “be­trayal” of farm­ers at a well-at­tended meet­ing in Rat­lam, around 300 km from Bhopal.

Scin­dia has been hold­ing pub­lic meet­ings and road shows in Neemuch, Mand­saur and Rat­lam dis­tricts since Thurs­day. The re­gion was the epi­cen­tre of the June 2017 farmer ag­i­ta­tion for loan waiver and bet­ter sup­port prices.

Six farm­ers were killed dur­ing the ag­i­ta­tion in Mand­saur in po­lice fir­ing. This had pushed the BJP on the back foot. Scin­dia said chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP gov­ern­ment had failed on both de­vel­op­ment and se­cu­rity fronts.

He said over one crore youth in Mad­hya Pradesh were un­em­ployed and the only de­vel­op­ment has been that of BJP work­ers and min­is­ters.

Scin­dia said there was no se­cu­rity for women with Mad­hya Pradesh top­ping the rape charts in the coun­try. “Now even small girls are not be­ing spared,” he said, re­fer­ring to the rape of mi­nors in Mand­saur, Gwalior and Satna. Scin­dia said the farm­ers were on the top of the Congress agenda.

He also un­veiled a bust of Ab­hishekh Pati­dar at Pi­pliya­mandi and that of Ghan­shyam Dhakad in Bar­wan on Satur­day. Both were killed dur­ing the ag­i­ta­tion.

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