MP farmer agitation: We are not instigating protests, says Congress

MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to sit on fast, speak to farmers to ensure peace
One more MP farmer dies, toll rises to six

12 June, 2017

Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Karnataka and Telangana are already burning with protests which have taken a violent form.

Chouhan had added that the government had extended Rs 4,800 crore as relief amount to farmers when their soyabean crop was destroyed previous year. After Chouhan announced sops for farmers, the two organisations declared that they would withdraw the stir.

Former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi offered coconut water to Chouhan for ending his fast at the Dussehra Maidan here.

Madhya Pradesh farmers are protesting since June 1 in support of their demands for a loan waiver and remunerative prices for their farm produce. Only 20 per cent of farmers were loan defaulters and efforts will be made to bring them under the interest-free loan beneficiaries category.

"We are going to buy different varieties of pulses at MSP", the chief minister said.

The Chief Minister also requested the protestors to come and talk with him in person, saying that he is open to discussions to solve the problem at hand. "In order to offload the crop, the farmers are forced to sell it at whatever price it can fetch", he said. The Mandsaur-Neemuch region, about 300 km from the state capital Bhopal where five farmers were killed on June 6, became the nerve centre of the gathering storm of farmer distress. Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Ajay Singh said, "While farmers are on roads with their demands, the CM is doing his drama". One farmer died later of injuries in clashes with police.

Chouhan's decision to observe a fast comes in the wake of violence in several parts of the state during the agitation by farmers and the killing of five farmers in Mandsaur in police firing a few days back. "It will continue till the time peace is restored in MP", Chouhan told a press conference here.

Representatives of two premier farmers' outfits-including the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh (RKMS) and the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU)-met with the CM in the makeshift cottage behind the upwaas (fast) venue on Saturday.

The farmers in the villages would get patta of the plot to construct their own house, he said, adding the tribal people would also get the pattas of land which is under their possession.

So far, there has been no report from any other state about farmers' protest or any incident of violence.

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