Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sat on indefinite fast today for “peace” days after six persons were killed in a firing during farmers protes in Mandsaur. Before starting his fast the chief minister urged the protesting farmer to bring an end to their agitation and come for talks, an India Today report said. Speaking at he Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal, the chief minister said he always stood for farmers and that they have always been his priority. “Whenever there is crisis I have stood for farmers. The state cannot move ahead without the farmers”, he stressed while adding that he would sit o fast until the farmers issue is resolved and peace is restored in the state.
Chouhan, while stating that the priority of his government is to see that water reach to every agriculture land in the state, added that about 40 lakh hectares of agriculture were distributed to farmers after he became Madhya Pradesh chief minister. “My each breath in last few years has been taken for the development of Madhya Pradesh”, Chouhan said while pointing out that more than 65 percent of population in the state is dependent o farming for their living.
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“I will be available at the Dussehra Maidan. I welcome all farmers to come there for resolving the impasse peacefully through an amicable dialogue with me. I won’t sit in my office at Mantralaya (secretariat)…(but sit at) Dussehra Maiden and do all work from there,” he was quoted as saying by PTI yesterday. The chief minister had earlier announced compensation of Rs 1 crore for families of six victims who had lost their lives in a firing during farmers protests last Tuesday. Agitated farmers in the state are demanding higher crop prices and loan waivers.