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

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

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.

By: | Updated:Jun 01, 2018 5:55 pm
Farmers strike, Madhya Pradesh Farmers Strike, Mandsaur, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Madhya Pradesh farmers, Farmers unions, farm loan waiver Farmers from Ahmednagar spill milk down a road during a state-wide protest, in Pune on Friday, June 01, 2018. (PTI Photo)

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.

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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