Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: A day after six farmers were killed and 8 others were injured in firing in Madhya Pradesh district of Mandsaur, the Congress has today demanded the resignation of state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, an ANI report said. “Shivraj Singh Chouhan must resign. At the end it is his responsibility. it would be unjustified if (the blame) is shifted on any police officer”, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath was quoted as saying further. Slamming the state government for announcing Rs 1 crore for the kin of the deceased, he added, “Laashon par boli lagayi ja rahi hai,sharm ki baat hai (It is shameful that bidding is being done on dead bodies)”.
The senior Congress leader who is also a member of Parliament from Chhindwara constituency, while demanding a probe in the incident said that the injustice is being done to farmers of the state. In the meantime, Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, while condemning the incident said that, while the death figure is being given as 5 or 6, there could be more. “Can’t recall such a massacre, they are giving death figures as 5,6 but I believe there are more”, he was quoted as saying by the agency.
He further said that both he and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Mandsaur together, ANI added further.
Meanwhile, while expressing his grief over the incident Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said that innocent farmers are being used for political reasons.
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“This is a sad event, and as Chief Minister Shivraj Singh has said, there is political influence in it. The innocent farmers are being used for political motive. I express grief over this incident. I express condolence to the deceased farmers’ family. Shivraj is capable of tackling the problem of these farmers,” the agency quoted the chief minister as telling the media in Raipur.