Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today appealed for calm even as he sent a warning that anti-social elements which are creating disturbances in the state will be dealt with in a strict manner. The chief minister’s statement comes on a day when the farmers’ protests in the state escalated further following the death of five farmers in police firing in Mandsaur. Underlining that his government is pro-farmer dispensation, Chouhan said that he is ready for talks to resolve the issue. Problems can be solved through dialogues. The Chief Minister, however, said that a few anti-social elements are trying to push the state towards violence and the government will deal with them strictly. He said that several decisions of the government will benefit farmers – pulses will be bought on basis of Minimum Support Price (MSP) from June 10. He revealed this in a video message posted to his Twitter account.
Yesterday, CM Chouhan had announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore each for the families of five farmers. Apart from CM Chouhan’s announcement, the state government had announced a loan settlement scheme. The BJP government had said the scheme will cover around six lakh farmers with total dues of Rs 6,000 crore. The farmers have been protesting since June 1. They had demanded higher minimum support prices (MSP) for their produce and loan waiver among other things.
Meanwhile, a political slugfest had erupted as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other senior party leaders were detained by police when they tried to make their way to Mandsaur, ground zero of the protests to meet families of farmers.
Watch- Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan speaking
प्रिय बहनों,भाइयों नमस्कार! मेरी सरकार किसानों की सरकार है। जनता की सरकार है। मेरी जब तक साँस चलेगी,जनता और किसानों के लिए काम करता रहूँगा। pic.twitter.com/iICe0mNnmw
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) June 8, 2017
Acting tough, the state government today transferred the collector and superintendent of police of Mandsaur district which witnessed the death of five farmers in police firing. Mandsaur Collector Swatantra Kumar Singh is transferred as deputy secretary Mantralaya. Singh was replaced with OP Shrivastava, as per PTI report. The government also transferred Mandsaur SP, OP Tripathi and posted Manoj Kumar Singh in place of him, the sources added.