Jyotiraditya Scindia, Hardik Patel stopped from going to MP’s Mandsaur
New Delhi: The ground zero of agrarian unrest in Madhya Pradesh remained on edge on Tuesday as senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Jyotiraditya Scindia and Gujarat’s quota warrior Hardik Patel were stopped from entering Mandsaur.
Since 1 June, Mandsaur has been the hub of farmers’ protests to press for a loan waiver and better prices for their produce. On 6 June, the protests turned violent when five farmers were killed in police shooting.
On Tuesday, Scindia and Congress politician Kantilal Bhuria along with a large number of supporters, were detained by the police at the Nayagaon-Jaora toll booth in Ratlam on their way to Mandsaur, according to a news report by PTI. Prohibitory orders are currently in force in Mandsaur banning the assembly of five or more persons.
“If situation is fine then why are we being stopped from meeting our farmer brothers?. If it is not fine then why has the chief minister ended his fast? Why this double standards?” Scindia wrote on Twitter.
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The farm loan waivers announced in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Maharashtra, has led to farmers’ protests for similar waivers in other states. More farmers’ protests are being planned across the country. On 15 June, North India-based Bharatiya Kisan Union will hold a protest demonstration in Delhi demanding a pan-India loan waiver and implementation of recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan commission, which suggested that the Centre fix crop support prices at 50% over production cost.
On 16 June, a coalition of 62 farmers’ organizations plans to block national highways across India between 12PM and 3PM. In states like Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, this is likely to cause traffic snarls.
On 21 June, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to celebrate International Yoga Day in Lucknow, the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh—a leading union spearheading the movement in Madhya Pradesh—proposes to stage an event where farmers will perform the shavasana, or the corpse pose.
Hardik Patel, who has led an agitation for government job and university seat quotas for Gujarat’s Patidar community, was arrested from Nayagaon in Neemuch and later released on bail and taken out of Madhya Pradesh in police vehicles.
Meanwhile, Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday said at a press conference in New Delhi that a reign of terror had been unleashed in Madhya Pradesh. Yadav was part of a delegation denied permission to visit Mandsaur. The 25-strong delegation was detained and not given permission to enter Mandsaur.
PTI contributed to this story.