Bhopal / Khandwa:
An official said that a farmer died of a heart attack during a public meeting on Sunday in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, where BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia was scheduled to speak.
The Congress alleged that BJP leaders continued to address the public meeting even after the death of the farmer.
“A 70-year-old farmer living in Chandpur village of the district was identified for attending the public meeting in Mundi on Sunday. But his condition deteriorated and he fell on the chair,” said Mundawar police station in-charge. Antim Pawar in charge said.
“He was taken to a hospital, where doctors declared him dead. Preliminary investigations revealed that he died of a heart attack,” he said.
According to eyewitnesses, local leaders were addressing the gathering when the farmer died.
Later, Mr. Scindia reached the stage and, on being told about the death, paid tribute to the deceased farmer and kept a minute’s silence, he said.
Congress leader and former Union Minister Arun Yadav, however, accused the BJP, Mr. Scindia and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan of being insensitive to farmers.
“A farmer was killed during BJP’s public meeting today under Mandhata assembly seat and the leaders kept giving speeches. Is this the mindset and humanity of the BJP?” he said.
Asked whether senior BJP leader Govind Malu mourned the death of the farmer and told PTI that the leaders were paid tribute as soon as they came to know about it.
“Therefore, the Congress should not do this kind of politics on the death of the farmer. It is sad. Leaders including Scindia paid tribute to the farmer as soon as he came to know about the demise,” he said.