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Farmers' protest day-7 Live: Jaitley slams Rahul Gandhi over his Mandsaur speech


The 10-day nationwide protest called by farmers entered the seventh day today. The 10-day-long agitation is part of a nationwide strike to press for their demands, including waiver of loans and the right price for crops. Congress president Rahul Gandhi yesterday met the family of the farmers who were killed during a protest in Mandsaur last year.

Rahul meets family of farmers (Image courtesy - ANI/Twitter)

Launching a blistering attack on the BJP, Rahul Gandhi said that the Congress wants to free Madhya Pradesh from "Shivraj, Modi and the RSS". He also promised that if the Congress is voted to power, then farmer loans would be waived-off within 10 days.

The strike started on June 1 when thousands of farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana started a 10-day nationwide strike demanding waiver of loans, right price for their crops and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission.

The agitation is led by the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh which is the umbrella organisation. Over 100 outfits are taking part in it. The protests were called to mark the first anniversary of the Mandsaur demonstration in Madhya Pradesh, in which six farmers were killed in police firing (on June 6, 2017).

Here are the highlights from day 6 of farmers' agitation:

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8:23 AM, 7 Jun
Union Minister Arun Jaitley hit back at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi over his Mandsaur speech, saying it was a case of inadequate knowledge.
5:04 PM, 6 Jun
Congress President Rahul Gandhi meets family members of farmers who died in Mandsaur farmers' protest last year. Six people -- Kanhaiya Lal Patidar, Satyanarayan Dhangar, Abhishek Patidar, Bablu, Ghanshyam Dhakad and Chintaman Patidar -- were killed in the police firing at Pipliya Mandi during the agitation on June 6 last year.
2:51 PM, 6 Jun
Rahul says he wants to free Madhya Pradesh from Shivraj, Modi and RSS. He says Congress is concerned about the plight of the farmers.
2:49 PM, 6 Jun
"We want to transform Madhya Pradesh. We want to transform lives of farmers in Madhya Pradesh...Farmers and youth of Madhya Pradesh by Modi ji and Shivraj Chouhan," Rahul says in a rally in Mandsaur.
2:48 PM, 6 Jun
"Modi ji was silent on this. It shows he does not have time for farmers. His government has ignored the farmers," says Rahul.
2:45 PM, 6 Jun
"I went to meet Narendra Modi ji. I raised the issue of farmers with him. I asked Modi ji to waive off loans of farmer," Rahul says.
2:41 PM, 6 Jun
"These food processing factories will give employment to youth of the state. There is no dearth of talent among the youth of Mandsaur. We will sell Mandsaur's garlic in Beijing," he says.
2:39 PM, 6 Jun
"We want to bring about a change in Madhya Pradesh. Now, when farmers sell their produce, 15% is deducted as tax. If voted to power, we will construct food processing units nears farms, so that farmer can directly sell products to these plants," Rahul says.
2:36 PM, 6 Jun
"What Modi ji and Shivraj cannot do, will be done by Kamalnath ji and Scindia ji. I am not going to lie to you, if you want to listen to lies then you are in the wrong place," Rahul says in a rally.
2:33 PM, 6 Jun
PM Modi has not only betrayed the farmers, but also the youth. They promised youth the jobs, but where are the jobs?, asked Rahul Gandhi.
2:31 PM, 6 Jun
Modi government has betrayed the farmers. Rich industrialists default and flee the country, but farmers are committing suicide due to debt, he says.
2:30 PM, 6 Jun
PM Modi calls calls defaulters like Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi as Mehul ji and Nirav ji, Rahul says. He says that defaulters fled the country under PM Modi's rule.
2:28 PM, 6 Jun
Over a 1,000 farmers have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh, but so many rich people defaulted on loan and fled easily, he says.
2:27 PM, 6 Jun
If the government cannot work towards the welfare of the farmers, then they do not have right to be in power, Rahul says.
2:26 PM, 6 Jun
The day Congress comes to power in Madhya Pradesh, I promise that farmer loans would be waived within 10 days, says Rahul Gandhi.
2:23 PM, 6 Jun
Rhul accuses government of being sympathetic to industrialists, adding, "They have no time for farmers they are ignoring farmers."
2:22 PM, 6 Jun
Rahul calls farmers martyrs. He says BJP government has concern for the farmers. He says Madhya Pradesh government 'killed' farmers last year.
2:21 PM, 6 Jun
Rahul Gandhi's address begins in Mandsaur. Rahul trains gun at Madhya Pradesh government over the deaths of farmers in police firing last year.
2:12 PM, 6 Jun
Congress president Rahul Gandhi meets the family of the farmers who were killed in the protests last year in Mandsaur. Today is the first anniversary of Mandsaur farmers' protest in which six farmers were killed.
1:55 PM, 6 Jun
Shiv Sena accuses the Union Government of ignoring farmers' protest.
1:21 PM, 6 Jun
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has reached Mandsaur. He would shortly meet the families of victims who were killed in Mandsaur protest last year.
12:53 PM, 6 Jun
ANI reports that parents of a farmer, who died during protest in Mandsaur last year, have been asked by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) to not meet Rahul Gandhi. Rahul would be in Mandsaur today to meet the family of victims who died during last year's protest. Rahul will also be addressing a rally today.
10:49 AM, 6 Jun
Top Congress leaders from Madhya Pradesh including PCC chief Kamal Nath, campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and other state leaders would be in attendance.
10:48 AM, 6 Jun
Six people -- Kanhaiya Lal Patidar, Satyanarayan Dhangar, Abhishek Patidar, Bablu, Ghanshyam Dhakad and Chintaman Patidar -- were killed in the police firing at Pipliya Mandi during the agitation on June 6 last year.
10:48 AM, 6 Jun
Rahul, who will fly to Mandsaur this afternoon, address the "kisan rally" at Khokhra (Pipliya Mandi) in the district.
10:47 AM, 6 Jun
Congress president Rahul Gandhi will meet family members of the farmers killed in police firing during an agitation in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh on the first anniversary of the incident today.
9:09 AM, 5 Jun
Supporting the farmers agitation, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President, Sharad Pawar asked them to continue the stir till their demands were met. Farmers in the country are on a 10-day strike since June 1 demanding remunerative prices for their produce and waiver of farm loans. Pawar reminded the government of the assurances they had given the farmers and not fulfilled, which has forced them to take this drastic step.
4:09 PM, 4 Jun
"Protests have been peaceful so far. In several places farmers set up shops to sell vegetables directly to consumers which benefited everyone. But to avoid dispute between suppliers and farmers we've decided to end our protest, in Punjab, on June 6 itself," says BS Raju of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU).
12:40 PM, 4 Jun
"We have decided to support organisation of farmers in Palghar, not for any political motive but for farmers and their rights," says Shiv Sena's Neelam Gore.
12:08 PM, 4 Jun
Maharashtra: Protesters spilled milk on road in Nagpur against Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh's remark on the ongoing farmers' strike; distributed milk to locals who came up with utensils requesting for it.

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