Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday met agitating farmers at the Dussehra Maidan in Bhopal, reported ANI. Earlier in the day, Chouhan started his indefinite fast at the same venue, saying he will continue it until peace is restored in the state. No further details about CM’s meet with the farmers have been reported until now.
Before starting the fast, the CM had said people can come and meet him to discuss their problems. He also assured them of all help. 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 said he won’t sit in the secretariat but do all work from the Dussehra Maidan. The CM also assured that the MP government would buy the farm produce and give profitable prices to farmers. As per NDTV report, state government is now considering waiving interest on farm loans, which could benefit over six lakh farmers at a cost of around Rs 2,000 crore.
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Further in his speech, Chouhan made an emotional appeal to farmers, saying that he has been a farmer and understands their problems. Apart from a number of demands, farmers are also protesting for satisfactory prices for their farm produce. Their stir turned violent when five people lost their lives in police firing in Mandsaur district and six others were injured on June 6.
Taking the death count to six, a farmer apparently got injured in the lathicharge by the police on a group of agitating tillers at Bhaugarh on Thursday evening. He died at a private hospital in Indore, a few hours later. 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.