Congress president Rahul Gandhi slammed the Centre over the ongoing protests by farmers across the country and extended his support to the agitation.
In a tweet posted on Saturday, Gandhi raised the issue of farmer suicides across India and announced that he will be addressing a farmer rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur on 6 June.
“About 35 farmers commit suicide in our country every day. Now farmers are forced to protest for 10 days to attract government’s attention towards the agrarian crisis,” wrote the 47-year-old Gandhi scion.
“I will address a Kisan rally on 6 June in Mandsaur to stand with our food providers in their fight for their rights,” added Gandhi.
हमारे देश में हर रोज़ 35 किसान आत्महत्या करते हैं। कृषि क्षेत्र पर छाए संकट की तरफ़ केंद्र सरकार का ध्यान ले जाने के लिए किसान भाई 10 दिनों का आंदोलन करने पर मजबूर हैं। हमारे अन्नदाताओं की हक की लड़ाई में उनके साथ खड़े होने के लिए 6 जून को मंदसौर में किसान रैली को संबोधित करूंगा। pic.twitter.com/Bv4Hv72jE8
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 2, 2018
The 10-day farmers’ protest began on Friday ahead of the first anniversary of the deaths of seven farmers in police firing in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur on 6 June 2017.
On the first day of the protest, farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh joined farmers from other states in dumping their produce, milk and other food items on the roads.
Agitating farmers want the Centre to immediately implement the recommendations under Swaminathan Commission on farming, loan waivers, minimum support price to farmers for their produce and helping farmers make agriculture cost-effective.