Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

CM Shivraj ends his fast — Madhya Pradesh

CM Shivraj ends his fast — Madhya Pradesh

"I am deeply saddened that stones are being placed in the hands of young people aged 18, 21 and 22 by some persons during attempts to stage road blockades".

Villagers had alleged that he was beaten up by policemen, leading to his death. He was taken to a hospital in Indore, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Following farmers' protest in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday began his indefinite fast at the BHEL Dusshera ground in Bhopal for restoration of peace and promised profitable prices to farmers for their produce.

"After all, against whom has he started his fast at Dussehra Maidan?". Surprisingly, what CM is doing by fasting?

The Chief Minister assured that justice would be done and the culprits would be punished.

India's ruling Bhartiya Janta Party which is heading government in the state has blamed opposition Congress party for inciting farmers. A day after Mandsaur firing, the protesters had also allegedly set ablaze four passenger buses and a dozen other vehicles in Newri Phata in Dewas district on the highway.

"The state is peaceful now".

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As the Chief Minister entered the venue, his supporters shouted "Kisan ka Samman hai, Shivraj Singh Chouhan hai, Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Bharat Mata ki Jai". Instead of sitting on an "upvaas" (fast), he should go to "vanvaas" (exile). He said the irrigation facility has increased manifold and due to abundant water, farmers were reaping rich harvest. The chief minister gave them a patient hearing and said he will look into their demands.

"A protest is valid (only) when the government doesn't listen".

Farmers intensified their protest after five of them were killed in police firing near Mandsaur.

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

Experts estimate that this time around, government could spend almost Rs 100 crore in procuring onions from the farmers. He needs to answer, farmers' families who are already under debt burden. In the subsequent elections, the BJP won 27 out of 29 parliamentary seats in Madhya Pradesh.

MP CM announced slew of benefits for farmers. "When we did not impose any interests on loan, how can it be waived off". But no one has come; either from the bank or from the government to explain the procedure to the farmer to avail this facility.

Financial experts have urged caution over farm loan waivers, warning that it will weaken finances of states. On being stopped, the activists, including JNU students union President Mohit Kumar Pandey and representatives of various farmers' organisations sat in protest on the Mhow- Neemuch highway, disrupting traffic. While improved infrastructure has definitely resulted in bumper crops, it has also led to drastic fall in prices which has led to farmers demanding higher price from the government for their produce. They are ending their lives. "I discussed many problems and its solution. Either they can only talk or crib about the situation", Lekhi told ANI. True colours of a CM is showing off, who shows non-commitment to the state.

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