In Madhya Pradesh, farmers’ group calls off protest, others refuse to budge

After its office-bearers met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Ujjain, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), an organisation affiliated to the RSS, said it has suspended the agitation.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published:June 5, 2017 3:40 am
 Madhya pradesh farmers, MP farmers, MP farmers protest, MP protest call off Farmers throw away milk during their strike in Bhopal on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

THE FOUR-DAY-LONG agitation by farmers in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, which turned violent over the past two days in some districts, ended on Sunday amid conflicting versions by organisations leading the stir. After its office-bearers met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Ujjain, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), an organisation affiliated to the RSS, said it has suspended the agitation. It announced that the government had accepted most of its demands like buying onions at Rs 8 a kg and paying farmers half their dues at mandis in cash and the remaining through electronic transfer to their bank accounts.

“We have suspended the agitation but if the government goes back on its promises we may take to the streets again,’’ said BKS leader Shivkant Dixit, seating next to the CM at the Ujjain Circuit House. He said the CM called him up late on Saturday and invited him for talks.

He said the government will buy moong dal from farmers at MSP and onions at Rs 8 a kg. Last year, the government had bought onions at Rs 6 a kg. He said vegetable yards will be brought under the purview of the legislation covering agriculture produce marketing yards. Also, crop insurance scheme will be made optional. He announced that cases against farmers in connection with the incidents over the past few days will be withdrawn.

However, Bharatiya Kisan Union, a little-known organisation that is believed to be behind the stir, said the agitation will go on. BKU leader Anil Yadav threatened to intensify the stir from Monday. The organisation did not get any call from the CM.

President of Kisan Mazdoor Sangh Shivkumar Sharma said the government had cheated farmers by holding talks with an organisation that was nowhere in the picture in the first two days of the stir seeking fair price for their produce and loan waiver.

Sharma, a former RSS man who floated a parallel organisation after being expelled from the BKS a few years ago, called the BKS an agent of the government. He said his organisation will continue the agitation till all demands were met. “How can an organisation withdraw an agitation that it did not start,’’ he said, referring to the BKS.

Over the past three days, groups of farmers turned violent in Dhar, Bioara, Indore, Jhabua, Ujjain, Ratlam, and Mandsaur among other places. At some places they clashed with traders and vegetable vendors and attacked police officials. The police had to open fire at some places to disperse violent mobs.

The agitation by the farmers in MP after taking a clue from their counterparts in Maharashtra caused prices of vegetables to soar and resulted in shortage of milk.

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    madhusudan Bangalore
    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:58 am
    BJP has opened PANDORA BOX by declaring farmer's loan waiver to UP farmers before UP embly elections without considering pros and cons of this decision which has now spread violence all over the country. This is wrong precedent set up by BJP leaders to win UP embly elections which will have serious implications in future such as Banks cannot recover loans given to farmers since people will wait for waiver of loan till elections which has very serious implications in future resulted in huge increase of bad debts of banks which forces banks to stop all loans to farmers. This is b er done by BJP govt to win UP elections which has chain reaction all over country. The govt must find out permanent solution to the problems of farmers by setting up agriculture markets in subdivisions and districts which will eliminate middle man. The purchase of paddy and wheat as well as other agriculture products by govt agencies has totally flopped all over country due to massive corruption.
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    madhusudan Bangalore
    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:59 pm
    BJP has opened PANDORA BOX by declaring farmer's loan waiver to UP farmers before UP embly elections without considering pros and cons of this decision which has now spread all over country like wild fire. Now BJP govt have to extend this facility all over country since all farmers are facing similar problem. The situation will take ugly turn if govt fails to solve this problem on top priority basis. CM of MP must be dismissed immediately for kil of innocent farmers.
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