Mandsaur: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will visit Piplya Mandi village near Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh on June 6, the first death anniversary of 6 farmers who were killed in police firing during a protest there last year. During his visit, rahul Gandhi will hold a condolence meeting cum rally, the Congress said today.
The party however alleged that the district administration has given permission to the event by imposing 19 different conditions one of which asks Rahul Gandhi not to make a 'provocative' speech. The opposition party alleged that the BJP led government in Madhya Pradesh wanted to disturb Gandhi's event through such conditions.
When asked, the district administration said it was in the process of 'amending' its previous order. The event is being seen as the launch of Congress's poll campaign in the state, which will witness the Assembly polls later this year.
"Rahulji is coming here to condole the death of 6 farmers at pipliya Mandi, the epicenter of last year's farmers unrest," MP congress chief spokesperson Manak Agarwal said. "One lakh people are expected to take part in the meeting", he added.
Sharing a copy of the district administration permission letter, congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said the district administration has given its nod to the event with the certain conditions like maximum size of the tent spread for the rally can't be more than 15x15 feet, no loudspeakers above 10 decibel limit. The letter also reads that the organizers should be held responsible, if the vehicles of anyone participating in the rally are stolen, he said adding that besides the Congress was also asked to arrange for the security of the event.
Tahasildar of the Malhar garh area of the district, Parasmal kunhara, said permission for the Congress rally was granted on 4 hectares of land. "They can use the land as per their wish. The Conditions were inadvertently pasted on the order earlier", he said.