Mandsaur violence: MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan calls off fast in Bhopal

Mandsaur protest: Shivraj Chouhan had been fasting for "restoration of peace" in the state after farmer agitation recently took a violent turn.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 11, 2017 3:49 pm
shivraj singh chouhan, mandsaur, shivraj singh chouhan fast, madhya pradesh farmer protest Mandsaur violence: Shivraj Singh Chouhan breaking his fast at Bhopal’s Dussehra Maidan with BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya (Source: ANI_news/Twitter)

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called off his fast at Bhopal’s Dussehra Maidan on Sunday. BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who had told Chouhan on Saturday that bureaucratic “shortcomings” sometimes come in the way of farmers reaping the benefits of various welfare schemes, was also present at the venue.

Chouhan had been fasting since Saturday for “restoration of peace” after a farmer agitation in Mandsaur turned violent following the death of five protesters in police firing. “We will make the state land use advisory service so that farmers get correct and timely information about climate change. I promise that along with BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we will irrigate every land. We have decided to implement every policy with the consent of farmers,” he was quoted as saying by ANI before breaking his fast.

Earlier on Sunday, Chouhan said he thought about the issue of farmers even in sleep. “I slept intermittently and all that while I kept thinking about what all topics – out of the ones we discussed with the farmers – can be worked upon as soon as possible,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. “Kisaan khwaabon mein bhi thhe, haqeeqat mein bhi,” he added.

On Saturday, The kin of the deceased met him and asked him to discontinue the fast. “One thing that made me emotional was the number of our children that we lost in these protests. Their parents came to meet me yesterday and despite such grief befalling upon them, asked me to put an end to the issue,” he said.

“We requested the Chief Minister to call off his hunger strike. We don’t think that he is doing any drama. He is genuinely concerned about us. We also asked for stern action against the culprits,” said a deceased farmer’s father.

Chief Minister Chouhan had been criticised for his decision to fast instead of “helping the farmers”. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that his fast was “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,” he said.

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    Sujatha Selvam
    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:06 am
    The best part is our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi did not utter a word condemning the police shooting on farmers. OH sorry, he is not in the country.
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      Sujatha Selvam
      Jun 12, 2017 at 12:01 am
      Natungi Chief Minister from BJP circus.
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        Tarun
        Jun 11, 2017 at 11:47 pm
        Hope his fake fast drama ended. Nothing will change for farmers and their suicide will not end. BJP politicians only make promises but have not fulfilled even a single.
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          Ashish Biswas
          Jun 11, 2017 at 10:25 pm
          Good shows people of the especially the poor and the downtrodden stil love the CM.
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            Nirikshan Billa
            Jun 11, 2017 at 10:13 pm
            Jumla Fast !!!!
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              Shekhar
              Jun 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm
              kya hua bhai...2 din mein fast khatam...chal bata kya faisla kiya farmers ke liye??? koi faisla nai kiya??? to fast par kisliye baitha???????????????? ye BJP ka to cowistan ban ke rahega is baar...through them out...
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                Worried
                Jun 11, 2017 at 9:54 pm
                Truth prevails..all these Haava baazi nautanki don't last..be a man.. be a true indian.. poor Indians have seen enough of this fake promises.. do good honestly what permits
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                  Worried
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 9:47 pm
                  Time for him to get into Hindi serials..what a 3rd rated actor..nautaki classes they should start..
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