Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan calls off 'peace fast' in Madhya Pradesh

Marsha Scott
June 12, 2017

As hundreds of farmers held a protest there on Wednesday - demanding better prices for their crops and loan waivers - the police opened fire to control the crowd. The chief minister had observed indefinite fast from Saturday.

Kin of four out of the five persons killed in police firing on Tuesday at Mandsau-the epicentre of the farmers' stir-had met Chouhan in Bhopal on Saturday.

Before breaking his fast, Chouhan said, "Peace has been restored in Madhya Pradesh and no case of violence has been reported yesterday and today".

Chouhan yesterday met some farmer leaders, but failed to reach a compromise. Shivraj ji was deemed as the idle chief minister.

Breaking his fast after 28 hours, CM Chouhan assured the farmers that their demands will be taken into consideration and acted upon, although he did not give any statements regarding farmers' loan waivers.

The chief minister further said that when he had fallen asleep "intermittently" during his fast, he had dreamt of the distressed farmers and "kept thinking of ways to solve their problems".

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He said agricultural land would now be acquired only with the consent of farmers concerned.

The Neemuch-Mandsaur MP alleged that the Congress organised this stir to divert people's attention from the recent public slaughter of a cow by Youth Congress leaders in Kerala.

In an editorial titled 'First bullet, then fast, ' Saamna outlined the tense situation that has engulfed the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh for last few days. While initially the farmers destroyed produce and drained milk, the protests became more violent as vehicles were torched.

The farmers' agitation was marred by violence on June 6 when they pelted stones at the police.

Earlier in the day, he affirmed that he has always tried to do a lot for the farmers.

"The state government stands firm with the farmers". A high-voltage political drama was also witnessed on 8 June, when Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was detained on his way to Mandsaur to meet the family members of the farmers killed in police firing.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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