Madhya Pradesh agrarian unrest: Shivraj Singh Chouhan continues fast for second day

Madhya Pradesh agrarian unrest: Shivraj Singh Chouhan continues fast for second day

Curfew, which was imposed after five people were killed in police firing during a farmers’ protest on June 6, was relaxed for 12 hours in five police station areas of the district.

Meanwhile, another Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that it’s Chouhan’s duty to bring the situation under control.

Chouhan’s fast is somewhat akin to similar sit-in dharna of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in January 2014.

He also denied allegations of Congress instigating the violence in the state.

The decision to sit on fast and invite agitating farmers for talks was announced by Chouhan on Friday during a press briefing. “Those whose properties have been damaged will be compensated, but it will be investigated who were behind this violence”. “I slept intermittently and all that while I kept thinking about what all topics – out of the ones we discussed with the farmers – can be worked upon as soon as possible”, he was quoted as saying by ANI.

BJP leaders have been accusing the Congress party of having stoked the agitation.

Farmers from all over Madhya Pradesh have been meeting Chouhan at the Dussehra Maidan since Saturday. Due to the firing, 5 farmers were killed.

Though the situation may be returning to normal in the state, the BJP is contemplating sending leaders from the centre such as union minister Narendra Singh Tomar to assess the ground situation and assist the CM to tide over the turbulant days. At the time of ending his fast, Chouhan was given a glass of coconut water, which signified the ending of his fast.

He said “Kisan Bazaar” would be set up in all municipal areas and a cooperative institution on the lines of the Amul Dairy Cooperatives of Gujarat will be set up across the state. He broke his fast this evening, promising a number of measures to help the children of farmers who go for medical and engineering courses and those who wish to start their own ventures.

While Chouhan’s government is under fire for the alleged police violence that took place in Mandsaur+, the chief minister alleged that he would find and punish the “real culprits”.

Earlier in the day, Mandsaur SP Manoj Kumar Singh had said prohibitory orders are in place in the entire district and entry of outsiders will be restricted. He was detained and later released.

He said the party would aggressively raise the issues concerning farmers in parliament and seek loan waiver for them.

Commenting about the amenities provided to him in the tent he has made a stay in for the fasting period, he said, “I was told that this was a five-star tent”.