On fast, Shivraj Singh Chouhan assures farmers on price; Congress, Sena call it stunt

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday began a fast on Bhopal’s Dussehra Maidan to calm frayed tempers and assured farmers that his government would give them “profitable prices”

By: Express News Service | Bhopal | Published: June 11, 2017 2:02 am
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Shivraj Singh Chouhan Fasting, Madhya Pradesh CM Fasting, Madhya Pradesh Farmers Protest, India News, Indian Express, Indian Express News Shivraj Singh Chouhan addresses a gathering while on fast in Bhopal on Saturday. PTI

WRAPPING UP a week that saw violent protests by farmers in Madhya Pradesh demanding better price for their produce, resulting in death of six farmers in police firing in Mandsaur, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday began a fast on Bhopal’s Dussehra Maidan to calm frayed tempers and assured farmers that his government would give them “profitable prices”. Both the Opposition Congress and Shiv Sena, a BJP ally at the Centre and in Maharashtra, criticised Chouhan for going on indefinite fast instead of addressing the issue.

No violence was reported from any part of the state, including Mandsaur, the epicentre of the agitation, on Saturday. Curfew was lifted in Mandsaur town, though night curfew will continue in Pipliamandi, where five farmers were killed in police firing on Tuesday. Chouhan, who met small groups of farmers, said that he realises a bumper crop production sent prices crashing, and that the state government “stands firm with farmers”.

“We are going to buy farm produce and give profitable prices for it. We have already bought a huge quantity of onions at minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 8 per kg. Each onion of farmers will be bought… We are going to buy different varieties of pulses at MSP,” PTI quoted Chouhan as saying. BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya met Chouhan and told him that farmers were at times unable to reap the benefits of welfare schemes “due to shortcomings of the bureaucracy”.

In Delhi, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s fast is a drama…it is a sham…nothing but a pretence. He should answer why a case of murder has not been filed in the death of five farmers in MP.” Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia said he will also undertake a 72-hour fast to support the cause of farmers. Shiv Sena’s media in-charge Apoorva Dubey, who went to Dussehra Maidan, said, “Instead of sitting here, he should have gone to Mandsaur to comfort and help farmers.”


For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. L
    Jun 11, 2017 at 9:17 am
    Bjp leaders are perfect examples of the villian politicians we see in bollywood movies .....
    1. N
      Nagarajan Swami
      Jun 11, 2017 at 8:59 am
      Never trust this guy. Instead of doing justice to Vyapam Scam whistle blowers he gave them death and protecting the murderers. Farmers deserve justice and time has come for it.
      1. V
        v b
        Jun 11, 2017 at 8:38 am
        The Government may not be able to raise enough funds to purchase all the farmers’ produce. By farmers being enabled to sell their produce directly to the consumers with no intermediation, farmers will be able to realise the full value of the prices the consumers pay which may be fixed by the Government in such a way that the price consumers pay is at least 150 of the cost of production incurred by farmers. This gets facilitated by Units being set up in or near each village to (1) utilise one of the buildings remaining vacant to store the produce and issue a warehouse receipt against which can be financed against by a Bank, (2) process the produce of the farmer to make it directly consumable, (3)process the produce that remains unsold owing to lack of its profitability for the time being into preservable form where it cannot ordinarily remain as it is in a consumable form.
        1. A
          Jun 11, 2017 at 7:18 am
          Sou (100) chuhe kha ke billi haj ko chali. Hypocrite, dramatist !