On Friday, in many parts of Chhattisgarh, 30 farmer organisations staged ‘chakka jam’ parade raising objections on various Centre’s policies and schemes. From the various demands, the farmers’ key request was for Rs 2,100 minimum support price and Rs 300 bonus against per quintal of paddy. However, according to farmer leaders the protest which was held at 24 places under the banner of Chhattisgarh Kisaan Mazdoor Mahasangh (CKMM) were peaceful and no unforeseen incident was reported. Although, in two different places, police detain some of the protesting farmers but later they were released unconditionally. Overall the protest happened quietly.
Farmers mostly blockades the national highways, including one in Raipur which was held at Serikhedi on the outskirts of the city and also connects with Mumbai and Kolkata. According to The Indian Express report, Sanket Thakur, a farmer leader, said, “Our demands are that the state government must fulfill its promises to farmers by giving the paddy bonus and loan waiver. It has not happened till now and it seems that this government is not interested.”
A large number of police personnel were deployed in various places of Chhattisgarh to avoid any such unwanted clashes. In the meanwhile, Congress slams BJP government of not fulfilling farmers’ demand. According to PTI reports the Congress party said in a statement, “Both the Centre and the state government are silent over promises made to farmers in Chhattisgarh. Instead of paying heed to their demand the state government is trying to oppress them. Each and every demand of the farmers should be fulfilled.”
For next two days, Chief Minister Raman Singh is going to be in West Singhbhum in Jharkhand to attend a BJP organised programme. The BJP government had promised in its manifesto during 2013 assembly polls to provide Rs 2,100 MSP and Rs 300 bonus to farmers against procuring their each quintal of paddy. But so far these promise seems to be fading away as the ruling government failed to deliver such requests.