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If standing with farmers is politics, then we are playing it: Congress

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Source: Indian Express

At the back of the farmer’s protest in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress lashed out at the Centre, saying that they would stand with the farmers and if that is politics, then they are playing it.

“As long as the farmers are in distress or in any kind of trouble we will stand with the farmers- If that is politics then we are playing it. Unfortunately, from the past three years, the most neglected lot of the country is the farmers; they never get their price for their due nor revision of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) or loan waiver”, said PC Chacko, reported India.com.

While supporting Rahul Gandhi who met with the families of farmers in Mandsaur, Chacko said that when farmers are in distress, it is his responsibility too to be there and that’s what he did. “Rahul Gandhi has said that big business houses are given lakh and crore from the bank to start a business so why is this government not giving the loan waiver to its farmers who totally deserve it?”

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“Rahul Ji’s visit to Mandsaur means, when farmers are in trouble, is his responsibility to be there and if BJP says that Congress is playing politics then they don’t understand the agony for the farmers,” said Chacko.

Another Congress leader Tom Vadakkan took a jibe at PM Modi, saying Modi ji has no time, not one tweet from his side regretting on the death of farmers.

“It is an established fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is well familiar with the rich and famous and that he has no time for the farmers, not one tweet from his side regretting on the death of farmers has come… At this time, when farmers need compensation- bullets are being fired. Instead of helping the farmers at the needed hour- bullets are fired and blood is floored. There must be a course correction for this government as the situation is completing reeling out of control.”

Mandsaur District Collector Om Prakash Srivastava assured on Thursday that the curfew would be relaxed. “Curfew would be relaxed for longer hours tomorrow. ATMs will be opened, milk, petrol and diesel availability will also be ensured,” Srivastava had said.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered an inquiry into the deaths of five farmers and announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore to the kin of those killed and Rs. 5 lakh for those injured in the violence.

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