Addressing a rally in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said that the welfare of farmers was the welfare of the country, ANI reported. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also said that the country’s problems would be resolved when farmers became a part of the political agenda in the country. Adityanath’s comments come in the light of the farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh. Earlier yesterday, PM Narendra Modi had called a meeting of senior ministers of his cabinet to address the issue of the farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh, in the wake of the killing of 6 farmers in Mandsaur due to firing. The meeting was reportedly attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and MEA Sushma Swaraj.
The farmers, who have been protesting for a week now, demand loan waivers and better remuneration for their crops. According to the Indian Express, the farmers also want to meet with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The district authorities in Mandsaur had imposed a curfew after the death of 6 farmers, which will be lifted today between 4 pm to 6 pm for women and children. Meanwhile, according to CNN News18, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister has admitted that the 6 farmers had died in police firing.
A judicial probe had also be ordered into the killing of the farmers. The Mandsaur farmers had started their strike on June 1 and had demanded a higher Minimum Support Price (MSP) and loan waivers. This demand came in the wake of Yogi Adityanath’s waiving off loans of all the farmers in Uttar Pradesh. Mandsaur Collector Swantra Singh told ANI that, “There were no orders to open fire on the protesters, I have assured the farmers that action will be taken.” CM Chouhan had on Tuesday announced an ex gratia compensation of Rs 1 crore to the kin of those killed during the protest, according to an Indian Express report.