MP farmers' protests: Sitaram Yechury calls Shivraj Chouhan's fast 'tamasha'

Lance Nichols
June 11, 2017

The state's Home Minister Bhupendra Singh had told PTI that the five farmers had been killed in police firing, a remark that assumes significance as the authorities had earlier claimed the police did not fire during the protests.

The farmers, who were demonstrating over several demands, including better prices for their products and loan waivers, are continuing their agitation in defiance of the Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) state government's repression.

He affirmed that he has always tried to do a lot for the farmers. "I know your (farmers) problems", he added. There was utter confusion prevailing as BJP State chief Nandkumar Singh Chauhan contradicted the government saying that he saw shots being fired by the administration.

Claiming that the majority of the population in Madhya Pradesh was dependent on farming, Chouhan said that the state can not progress without farmers.

"Message of this resolution spread, mainly through social media, and travelled to Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan", Natarajan said.

The current crisis appeared to have been triggered by a price crash in most crops, partly on account of bumper production and more so due to demonetisation-induced liquidity crunch in produce markets. What followed was the arrest of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, reflecting how desperate is BJP to stop him from reaching out to farmers. The protests turned violent on June 6 when five farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur.

"A protest is valid (only) when the government doesn't listen". "Two days back, a farmer in Raisen told his daughter not to serve food as he consumed poisonous substance". Ajay Singh said that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan seems to have forgotten his constitutional responsibilities and is trying find a way to escape from the present predicament. All efforts will be made to ensure that farmers get beneficial price.

From 11am tomorrow I'll sit at Dussehra Maidan, people may come & discuss things with me. One more farmer died on June 8 with villagers alleging that he was beaten up in police custody.

State Congress president Arun Yadav demanded that the false cases registered against farmers should be withdrawn.

The deceased was identified as Ghanshyam Dhaakad, 30, who was injured when a policeman hit him on his head with a baton during a protest in Daloda village in Mandsaur, the worst-hit district in the ongoing agitation, the victim's father said. Cabinet members and representatives of farmers' organisations were present in support of the Chief Minister.

"The rate farmers are getting for their produce is much lower than the input cost".

"Dozens of people indulging in violence have been detained and heavy police force has been deployed on the highway", said SP (Bhopal North) Arvind Saxena.

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