The farmers' protests in Mandsaur, dirty opposition politics & BJP's mismanagement

Claudine Rigal
Juin 25, 2017

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday ended his indefinite fast, which he launched on Saturday here, for restoration of peace in his state rocked by agitation of farmers and violence.

Talking to reporters at his official residence, Chouhan said: "The state government is working for the farmers and in the past days, many important decisions have been taken to benefit them".

The Chief Minister had appealed to farmers to discuss their problems with him. During the protests six farmers have been killed in police firing in Mandsaur district while other regions of the state are also staging violent protests.

Angry farmers have been blocking roads, vandalising property and setting vehicles on fire. Five farmers died on the spot and one more succumbed to his injures on Friday.

"After all, against whom has he started his fast at Dussehra Maidan?"

Highlighting his various schemes for the farmers, Chouhan further said, "Whenever, there has been a crisis, I did not sit in my office and visited the farmers myself". Chouhan said that State's pro-farmers' policies have led to rise in agricultural production. However, farmer leaders claim eight were killed that day in police firing.

Congress on Saturday demanded imposition of President's Rule in Madhya Pradesh, saying Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has no right to continue as he is evading from his constitutional duties.

Madhya Pradesh is the only state in the country where farmers get interest-free loans and are charged less rate of interest on money given for buying seeds and fertilisers, he said. He said that he is sitting on fast to spread the message of humanity, love and peace.

I also do not agree that loan waiver is a sustainable solution as a lot of times farmers loans have been waived off but theres been no improvement in their condition. The panel will include members of farmer unions, Chandrakant Patil, state revenue minister said.

"The Modi government should stop this disastrous course of immiserisation of the farmers". The Opposition has never done anything for the farmers yet and will never do.

Five farmers, according to the government, were killed in police firing on Tuesday when hundreds of farmers staged protests, demanding debt relief and price hike of their produce.

Village knowledge centres will be set up and a Rajya Bhoomi Upyog Paramarsh Seva (state land use advisory service) will be started to give timely advice to farmers on crops.

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