Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: Putting up serious allegations, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said that Mandsaur violence, in which 5 people have died so far, is a Congress conspiracy. “Government is sensitive and stands with farmers but Congress party, through conspiracy tried to fuel violence, many Cong leaders did so,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan was quoted as saying by ANI. Along with the allegation, CM Chouhan also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakhs and Rs 1 lakh to kin deceased and injured respectively. The farmers’ protests in western Madhya Pradesh which started off on June 1st took a violent turn on Monday. Five people have so far been reported killed, while four others have been injured, ANI reported. Also, the internet services are reportedly suspended and section 144 has been imposed in several parts of the state. The protests continued on sixth day despite Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s assurance that government is taking all the necessary steps to address the issues of the agitating farmers. Chouhan, while addressing the farmers concerns, had asserted that a price stabilisation fund of Rs 1,000 crore would be set up to purchase the farm produce at the minimum support price (MSP).
After Chouhan’s assurance, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), an RSS-affiliated organisation, called off the protest while another farmers’ union said the agitation will continue. Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi, condemning alleged police action, said, “This government is at war with the farmers of our country.” He added, “In BJP’s new India, farmers demanding their rights get bullets in return.” The Congress party also tweeted, “Those who give us food, the government is feeding them bullets – 3 farmers dead, several injured in police firing in MP.”