Madhya Pradesh farmers’ unrest: Shivraj Singh Chouhan begins fast, Cong protests in Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh farmers' protest: Meanwhile, the death toll rose to six as one more person, identified as Ghanshyam Dhakad, 26, died on Friday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2017 4:49 pm
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Shivraj Singh Chouhan indefinite fast, Mandsaur farmer protests, Madhya Pradesh farmers protests, Madhya Pradesh police farmer clash CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan reaches Bhopal’s Dussehra Maidan to sit on fast “for peace”. ( Source: ANI)

Amid unrest by farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday vowed to restore peace in the state even as he started his indefinite fast at Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal. The chief minister said that he will continue his fast till peace is restored in the entire state. “My fast will continue till there is peace in the entire state,” Chouhan was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Acknowledging the importance of farmers in the state’s progress, the CM said Madhya Pradesh can’t progress without farmers as more than 65 per cent of the state population is dependent on farming. The CM on Friday was quoted by ANI as saying: “More than 65 per cent of our population is dependent on  farming. The state can’t progress without farmers.”

Looking into the plight of the farmers, the CM assured the government will provide the right and profitable price for their produce. “Our government will never lag behind in giving farmers the right and profitable price for their produce,” the CM was quoted as saying. According to latest updates from ANI, the CM is meeting the farmers at Dussehra Maidan in BHEL, Bhopal.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Shivraj Singh Chouhan indefinite fast, Mandsaur farmer protests, Madhya Pradesh farmers protests, Madhya Pradesh police farmer clash Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal. (Source: ANI)

Meanwhile, the Congress workers have started a protest in Bhopal. Denying the allegations made by BJP of instigating violence in the state, Congress alleged that disgruntled workers of BJP and RSS are the ones igniting violence among the farmers. Addressing the media in Bhopal on Friday state Congress chief Arun Yadav and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh said, “Congress subscribes to Mahatma Gandhi’s tenet of non-violence and the party can never be involved in any kind of violence.” Yadav displaying pictures purportedly showing a BJP leader from Betma distributing sticks to his supporters said, “Disgruntled cadres of RSS and BJP incited the farmers and these people are responsible for the violence.”

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Shivraj Singh Chouhan indefinite fast, Mandsaur farmer protests, Madhya Pradesh farmers protests, Madhya Pradesh police farmer clash Madhya Pradesh farmers’ agitation: Congress workers protest in Bhopal.

Also read: Madhya Pradesh farmers’ unrest: One more death, protests reach Bhopal door, CM Chouhan announces fast. Click here.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Shivraj Singh Chouhan indefinite fast, Mandsaur farmer protests, Madhya Pradesh farmers protests, Madhya Pradesh police farmer clash Mandsaur: A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district on Tuesday.(PTI/File)

The chief minister had said that he would continue to fast until peace is restored in the state. Chouhan also added he would be available at the Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal for the next few days, for meetings with the stakeholders. Speaking to media, the chief minister said, “The agitation has become lawless in certain parts and protesters will be dealt with strictly.” Commenting on the safety of people in the violent-hit areas of the state, he added, “Providing security to all is my Raj Dharma. Some people are handing over stones to 18-year-olds and 20-year-olds… There will be no compromise on security.”

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Shivraj Singh Chouhan indefinite fast, Mandsaur farmer protests, Madhya Pradesh farmers protests, Madhya Pradesh police farmer clash Mandsaur: A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district of MP on Tuesday. (PTI/File Photo)

Meanwhile, the death toll rose to six as one more person, identified as Ghanshyam Dhakad, 26, died on Friday. The victim’s kin alleged he was brutally beaten by the police during a protest at Dalauda village, between Jaora and Mandsaur, on Thursday. The victim was later admitted in a hospital in Indore, where he succumbed to his injuries on Friday.

Also read: Unrest may spread; Modi, Chouhan govts failed to understand farmers, says RSS-backed farmers’ body leader Click here.

The protests, which began on June 1 demanding loan waiver and better prices for the farm produce, took a violent course as five farmers were killed and six others were injured in police firing in Mandsaur district, the epicentre of agitation. With no signs of settlement between the protesting farmers and the state government, the protests spread closer to Bhopal on Friday. After stone-pelting incidents were reported in Fanda area, the state police in retaliation baton-charged and arrested at least 27 protesters in the area, nearly 20 kms outside Bhopal.

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      Bipin Bhardwaj
      Jun 10, 2017 at 11:53 pm
      Killer of farmers fasting could not hide behind holy cow, beef, tripple talaq. In serials they have drama queeen , now they will have drama killer king.
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        Sammy Gill
        Jun 10, 2017 at 10:47 pm
        Darama ! and Indian politicians are famous for it. W world knows that India don't give a to agriculture. Not many knows that import of food grain has already started. And what Indian politicians are into right now is...how to make colonies and cities. There is much more billions in this rather than making veggies and pulses. And this is not #bjp only... in #congress regime also...agriculture was no where in preference. India is still running short of power and billions has been digested in name of power. Need an example ? Punjab ! Where a plant was made to be run on COAL as fuel ..... :) Gawd ! hoe naive/ foolish we are ! Tax Money pocketed by smart men in white !!
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          Jaihind
          Jun 10, 2017 at 9:04 pm
          Ramzan k maheene mai roza..arey uncle ji .... Apka party khud Pka sar pakane wale hai ab .... Drama baz on its hieghts
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            Sirajuddin
            Jun 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm
            CM fasting? For what? Has he some demands? Who is going to fulfill those demands? NAUTANKI AT ITS PEAK!
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              ram
              Jun 10, 2017 at 9:29 pm
              Yes he has a demand .Some body in anti Shiv Raj group in BJP statrted the farmers agitation to defame Shiv Raj Ji. to keep him out of the race for BJP candidate for the post of PM in 2019.He is on fast to gain the lost political ground.He is using the method adopted by {IN THE LANGUAGE OF AMIT SHAH} by a CHATUR BANIYA IN THE PAST.
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              Shamsul Islam
              Jun 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm
              It is laughable. Unrest created by the master corrupts is to be undone by the fasts of these most corrupts!
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                Dominic Pullen
                Jun 10, 2017 at 8:23 pm
                Contrary to our expectation, it seems, the good effects of demonetization were for shorter duration and the bad effects are continuing. Fake currency, Black money, Terrorism, Corruption, etc. are all back in our society. But, the spending habit of people has not come back to the original state and the traders continue to be cashless. This has resulted in loss of jobs and also poor price for crops. The traders cannot buy from farmers in bulk, as they do not have cash. RBI should print more currencies and government should encourage cash economy for the time being. We can go digital rather at a slower pace.
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                  s s nair
                  Jun 10, 2017 at 7:40 pm
                  This fast is not for farmers. This is for winning the next election. A Chief Minister who has not only failed in his duties, but corruption is thriving and by going on fast drama he wants to show that he is with farmers, but actually he is not.
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                    ram
                    Jun 10, 2017 at 9:20 pm
                    This farmers agitation {sponsored by anti Shiv Raj group in BJP] has dimmed chances of Shiv Raj to be a claimant for the PMs post in 2019.So he is trying to gain the lost ground by resorting to the way shown by a chatur baniya YEH SHATRANJ KA KHEL HAI MERE BHAI
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