Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest, day 1 Highlights: Markets shut as farmers stay away in MP, Punjab; vegetables, milk supply to be hit

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New Delhi | Updated:Jun 01, 2018 5:55:51 pm

Farmers said that they are in no mood to compromise and want the government to fulfill the demands of a complete loan waiver, higher minimum support price and adequate compensation for the damaged crops.

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Farmers in several states stayed away from mandis or wholesale markets to protest against the government and its poor policies on the first day of the ten-day long stir. Protesting farmers dumped vegetables, milk and other farm produce on roads and blocked supplies to cities in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. Farmers said that they are in no mood to compromise and want the government to fulfill the demands of a complete loan waiver, higher minimum support price and adequate compensation for the damaged crops. Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh (RKMM) national convenor Shiv Kumar Sharma said that the ‘Gaon Bandh’ stir, as the protest has been titled, is being held across 22 states, adding that farmers will not go to cities as they don’t want to create inconvenience to people. He said that on the last day of the stir on June 10, farmers organisations will observe a Bharat Bandh till 2pm. He also appealed to the traders to join their Bharat Bandh call on June 10 to pay tribute to the six farmers who were killed in police firing in Mandsaur on June 6 last year.

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17:41 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Farmers stay away from mandis

Farmer organisations have also called for boycott of mandis or wholesale markets in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, leading to fears of shortage and price rise. Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh national convenor Shiv Kumar Sharma said that the 'Gaon Bandh' stir is being held across 22 states.

17:19 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Police steps up vigil in Mandsaur

Mandsaur Superintendent of Police (SP) Manoj Kumar Singh said that so far there is no shortage of vegetables and milk in the district as all the markets are open. The police have kept a close vigil in Mandsaur, where farmers were killed in police firing during the farmers' agitation on June 6 last year. The Mandsaur SP said no untoward incident has been reported in the district so far.

16:57 (IST)01 Jun 2018
MP: No farmers attend grain market in Neemuch

Neemuch, the adjoining district of Mandsaur, also has not witnessed any shortage of vegetables and milk although the markets are shut there. However, no farmer came to the grain market in Neemuch to sell his produce.

16:52 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Farmers stop selling vegetables, milk in Punjab and Haryana

PTI reported that in Punjab and Haryana, farmers' outfits like Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), BKU Sidhupur, BKU Haryana participated in today's agitation. It said that farmers stopped the supply of vegetables, fruits, milk and other items to various cities of Punjab and Haryana as part of a nationwide strike.

16:25 (IST)01 Jun 2018
RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh not to join farmers' stir

RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh has decided not to join farmers' stir, calling it 'politically motivated'. “This is a political agitation and not about farmer’s issues. The last time, we were able to reach some positive results with the state government in Madhya Pradesh, but the planned violence spoiled the efforts,” Mohini Mohan, national secretary, told news18.

16:16 (IST)01 Jun 2018
MP: Deputy Speaker slams government

Senior Congress leader Rajendra Singh said that farmers are not getting value of their produce. Singh, who is also the deputy Speaker of the MP Assembly, said that farmers are suffering across the country. "Effect of farmers’ protest was witnessed even in Dindori of Madhya Pradesh. No farmer was seen at the vegetable market in the area."

16:12 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Two arrested in connection with Fatehabad violence

Protests turn violent in Fatehabad of Haryana. Police said that they have arrested two youths in connections with the violence.

15:20 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Subramanian Swamy supports farmers' stir

Firebrand BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today extended support to the farmers' agitation.

15:08 (IST)01 Jun 2018
'Conspiracy of the political parties'
14:20 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Business at Khandwa Sabzi Mandi hit

The Khandwa Sabzi Mandi wore a deserted look with reports suggesting that 30% of the business was badly hit. The stir, that is set to escalate in coming days, could hit availability of commodities like fruits and vegetables in the affected areas. Their prices too could increase in light of the developments.

14:02 (IST)01 Jun 2018
'Farmers will not block any roads'

Abhimanyu Kohar, national general secretary of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh said that farmers are protesting peacefully and that they will not block any roads. He said that at least 200 organisations have extended support to the protest. The protest coincides with the first anniversary of the killing of 7 farmers in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur.

13:47 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Police hold flag march in Haryana village

Amid reports that miscreants were creating ruckus on the National Highway 9 near Dhangar village in Bhiwani, police held a flag march in the vicinity. Farmers in several states are protesting againt the government to press for their demands of higher MSP and loan waiver.

13:37 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to visit Fatehgarh

Congress leader and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will be visiting Patto village in Fatehgarh Sahib district around 1:30 pm in support of demands of the farmers. In Barnala, farmers tried to park tractors in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office to lodge their protest.

13:34 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Farmers protesting in Ujjain

Hundreds of farmers in Badnagar of Ujjain district are protesting against the government while chanting slogans like 'jaan denge, zameen nahi denge'; 'Modi government is afraid of us' etc.

13:22 (IST)01 Jun 2018
CM Chauhan spends night in Mandsaur

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan spent Wednesday night in Mandsaur where he met several farmers and listened their grievances. According to a report in News18, Chauhan assured them that their demands will be taken into consideration and will be fulfilled accordingly. Those who met the CM include leaders of Bharatiya Kisan Union that is taking part in the farmers’ stir.

12:47 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Sehore (MP): Medha Patkar to address farmers at 5 pm

Narmada Bachao activist Medha Patkar and Kisan Sabha activists will address farmers in Madhya Pradesh's Sehore at 5 pm today. The Sehore district administration has stepped up vigil and identified 35 places as 'sensitive'. The nationwide agitation of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh includes farmer bodies of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and many other states. The agitation comes just months ahead of the assembly polls.

12:35 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Punjab: Farmers spill milk on road in Ludhiana
12:24 (IST)01 Jun 2018
'Shivraj govt trying to turn protest violent'

Shiv Kumar Sharma, president of the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh claimed that large section of the BJP leaders are supporting the farmers' agitation. Addressing the media in Bhopal, Sharma even claimed that the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government has been trying to turn this protest violent.

12:16 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Farmers protesting in Faridkot of Punjab
12:10 (IST)01 Jun 2018
'Don't want to heckle the normal lives'

Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh president Shiv Kumar Sharma claimed that more than 130 farmers' unions have pledged to support the stir. “This has now become a nationwide agitation. We have named the protest 'Gaon Bandh',” he said. Sharma said that farmers will not “go to cities, as we don't want to heckle the normal lives”.

Sharma also made an appeal to all the businessmen of cities to observe Bharat Bandh on June 10 till 2 pm. “We would like to request all the businessmen of cities to close their shops till 2 pm & pay tribute to farmers who have lost their lives in previous years,” he said.

 Shiv Kumar Sharma, President, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh
Capt Shiv Kumar Sharma, President, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasanghion
12:04 (IST)01 Jun 2018
High alert in Mandsaur

OP Shrivastava, Mandsaur Collector said that the situation is under control of the local administration, adding that adequate police personnel have been deployed to check the law and order situation. “The situation is normal here. There is no shortage in supply of important things like milk and vegetables.”

12:01 (IST)01 Jun 2018
UP: Sambhal farmers join protest
11:27 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Bharat bandh on June 10

Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh leaders including former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said that Bharat Bandh would be observed on June 10 till 2 pm. Earlier, Sinha had said that farmers across the country will observe non-cooperation day on June 6, the day seven farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur last year.

11:03 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Farmers spill milk on roads in Ahmednagar

In Ahmednagar of Maharashtra, scores of farmers have joined the agitation. The are spilling milk on the roads and wasting vegetables. In Punjab also, reports said that farmers have joined the stir demanding adequate price for their produce.

10:55 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Rajnath Singh slams Congress

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was in Bhopal on Thursday, dubbed the farmers' agitation as an agitation of the Congress. He said that the BJP government in the state is working for the welfare of farmers and it has taken several big decisions in their interest.

10:37 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Tight security in Mandsaur
10:34 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Farmers' delegation meets President Ram Nath Kovind

On Monday (May 28), a delegation of farmers met President Ram Nath Kovind in the national capital urging him to ensure that a week of the upcoming Parliament session be dedicated to farmers' issues.

10:19 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Rahul Gandhi to visit Mandsaur on June 6

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is slated to visit Mandsaur on June 6 where six farmers were killed a years ago in police firing. The Congress leader is expected to hold a condolence meet and address a mega rally in the region. The Congress sees this an opportunity to make ground to target the Chauhan government ahead of the Assembly polls later this year.

10:00 (IST)01 Jun 2018
CM Chauhan blasts Congress

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Thursday slammed the Congress party and termed the agitation as Congress' movement. He said that the Congress was doing politics over deaths. “This is Congress party’s movement. The party is trying to disrupt peace in Madhya Pradesh,” he said.

09:27 (IST)01 Jun 2018
Tight security across state

The government has deployed heavy security forces across the state to check the law and order situation. At least 87 companies of SAF, along with 5000 additional forces, have been stationed in 18 different districts. 100 vehicles have been provided to the police force in districts like Bhopal, Indore, Rajgarh and Datia. Police officials have advised personnel to stay at the police stations for the next 10 days to ensure prompt response in case of an emergency. All leaves have also been cancelled.

09:09 (IST)01 Jun 2018
What farmers are demanding

Farmers are demanding a full loan waiver, higher prices for produce and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendation on minimum support prices, withdrawal of cases against farmers lodged during agitation a year ago and compensation for damaged crops.

The agitation comes a year after violence that broke out in Mandsaur left seven farmers dead. During the next ten days, farmers will observe 'Gaaon bandh' (village blockade) by not supplying vegetables, milk and fruits to cities. According to chief of Aam Kisan Union Kedar Sirohi, around 150 farmers' unions have announced to support the stir. “June 6 is a black day for farmers. Nothing will be supplied by villages to cities for the next 10 days, neither will anything be brought from the cities during the period,” Sirohi said. Besides, all 50 Panchayats of the state have also announced to fight for the rights of farmers.
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