Police won't let AAP leaders into riot-hit Mandsaur

Geneva Matthews
June 11, 2017

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan began his indefinite fast for restoration of peace on Saturday, amid the ongoing farmers' agitation in the state, where the group has called for immediate "action" from the government.

The Chief Minister's press conference comes days after a farmers' agitation turned ugly and led to the death of five agitating farmers in police firing.

The chief minister said the state government will bring in a loan-settlement scheme for farmers who defaulted on the repayment of their loans.

Another BJP leader and member of parliament Meenakshi Lekhi said that the BJP always stood by the farmers while the opposition has never done anything apart from cribbing about the situation. "I know your (farmers) problems", he added. He said, "The state government is of farmers and public".

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Chouhan claims the state recorded a 20 percent growth in agriculture during 2014-15 and boasts about it wining India's national agricultural award for five consecutive years.

Widespread violence, including several incidents of arson, have been reported from western Madhya Pradesh, especially in Mandsaur and Dewas districts, in the week-long agitation in the state.

Earlier in the day, Chouhan said that despite falling asleep "intermittently", the farmers and their issues made a constant thorough in his dreams and thoughts and hence, vowed to solve the pertinent matters.

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.

BJP ally Shiv Sena hit out Chouhan, saying instead of sitting on a fast here, the CM should have visited Mandsaur to comfort the farmers, while the Congress dubbed his fast as mere "nautanki" (drama).

Mandsaur, the epicenter of the farmers' protest, had been on the boil since last week.

Another Congress leader Meem Afzal said, "This is very condemnable that the government is stalling Rahul Gandhi wherever he goes. How come the Congress did not find time to shed tears for farmers then?" he told Mumbai Mirror.

Farmers are selling potatoes and onions at throwaway prices in the state. "Chouhan should sit indefinitely on the fast till the farmers' woes are mitigated, or we else will launch an indefinite fast in support of the farmers".

Meanwhile, the state's opposition Congress questioned the Chouhan government's ability to rule the state and demanded that President's Rule be imposed.

"Congress is behind the violence during the farmers' stir", he alleged.

"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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