The family members of the four farmers who were killed in the Mandsaur violence met Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and requested him to end his peace fast. “Ye upwaas Madhya Pradesh me shanti bahaali ke liye kar raha hoon.Jab tak puri tarah se shanti bahaal nahi hogi,tab tak upwaas chalega, (I am having this fast for Madhya Pradesh’ peace, till the time situation doesn’t come under control, I will continue my fast)” Shivraj Singh Chouhan said. Earlier today, Chouhan had met agitating farmers at the Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal. Chouhan, who had started his indefinite fast at the same venue, earlier said that he will continue it until peace is restored in the state. Addressing media today, Chouhan said, “Your (farmers’) labour won’t go waste.”
“I know of the bumper crop production that has sent the prices crashing down in the state. I know your (farmers) problems,” he added. Chouhan also told media that he won’t sit in the secretariat but continue all regular work from the Dussehra Maidan. Chouhan further assured farmers that the MP government would buy the their produce and give profitable prices. Chouhan further made an emotional appeal to farmers, saying that he has been a farmer and understands their problems.
The farmer protest, which started on June 1, entered its 10th day today. The stir turned violent when five people lost their lives in police firing in Mandsaur district, and six others were injured. The Opposition Congress dubbed Chouhan’s fast as a ‘drama’. Farmers’ organisations, who are protesting against the state government for better minimum support prices, have already said they would end the stir on the 10th day.