Jun 8, 2017,
NAYA GAON (Madhya Pradesh): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was detained on Thursday by police when he tried to force his way into Madhya Pradesh with surging crowds of Congress supporters shouting slogans in praise of the farme where7 farmers were killed in 'police firing'...
Rahul was taken into preventive custody by the police in Neemuch district which borders Rajasthan.
Before his detention, Gandhi charged the Narendra Modi government with writing off the loans of rich industrialists to the tune of Rs 1,50,000 crore but did not waive the loans of poor farmers.
"He (Modi) can't waive farmers' loans, he can't give them rate. He can't give them bonus. He can't give them water. Kisan ko sirf goli de sakhta hai (He can only give bullets to farmers)," Gandhi said.
Asked who was responsible for the farmers' plight, Gandhi said: "Both. Narendra Modi and chief minister (Shivraj Singh Chouhan)."
Hundreds of Congress workers as well as senior leaders like Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot and Madhya Pradesh legislator Jaiwardhan Singh also courted arrest.
Gandhi, also accompanied by senior party leaders Digvijay Singh and Kamal Nath, defied elaborate police arrangements to prevent him from entering the state. Slogans of "Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan" and "Rahul Gandhi zindabad" could be heard as the procession made its way towards Mandsaur, the ground zero of the farmer unrest where five people were killed on Tuesday, from Naya Gaon in Neemuch.
There was high drama as the police tried to stop what had turned into a rally of sorts with Gandhi leading from the front. When police tried to push him back, he entered a field and was detained.
Rahul walked for close to 100 metres before entering Madhya Pradesh from Dalia village in Rajasthan
Before entering MP, Gandhi rode pillion on a motorcycle for about five to seven kilometres
Agencies Jun 8, 2017,