- Rahul Gandhi today virtually flagged off party campaign in Madhya Pradesh
- Speaking at Mandsaur, he ripped into PM Narendra Modi's government
- Promised crop loan waiver within 10 days of coming to power in the state
Mandsaur was the epicenter of last year's protracted protests by farmers, which the state police tried to quell midway by opening fire on a group of protesters. Six farmers had died in the firing - their friends and families say justice still eludes them. To mark the first anniversary of the tragedy, angry farmers have planned a 10-day protest in the area.
To the farmers, who have been demanding better price for their crops and a loan waiver, Rahul Gandhi said not only had PM Modi let down the farmers, it had also failed to help industry.
Its Make in India initiative, he said, has been a resounding failure, especially when Indian markets have been taken over by Chinese goods.
"Make in India is a failure. Everything is made in China, China, China... And our PM is swinging on a swing with the Chinese leader in Gujarat... The Chinese army got into Doklam, still Narendra Modi doesn't utter a word," he said.
He also promised that if the party come to power, it would "Make in Mandsaur". Food processing units will be built in every district so the farmers can take their crops to these units straight from the field.
"Within 10 years, Beijing will be consuming the garlic of Mandsaur if we come to power," he said.