"I have always tried doing a lot for farmers, and their problem is ours". The agriculture department is not at all effective in bringing up any co-ordination. However, farmer leaders claim eight were killed that day in police firing.
As Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan continues his fast for the second consecutive day, farmers on Sunday expressed hope for a "pro-farmer" decision while lauding the former for his selfless effort to pacify the situation in violence-hit Mandsaur.
"Chouhan should tell people whether his fast is a "nautanki" (drama), an event or an act of repentance for his misdeeds that "set the state on fire", State Congress' chief spokesperson K K Mishra said". Farmers' leader Shivkumar Sharma had already said that there was no bigger liar than Chouhan. At present Rajagopal PV is leading farmer convention at Jharkhand. He said that the government and the BJP saw the Congress's hand in the agitation only after Mandsour firing.
Protests spilled into the neighboring state of Maharashtra while farmers in Madhya Pradesh continued to demand loan waivers and higher crop prices.
The police told the activists, among them JNU students' union president Mohit Kumar Pandey and representatives from farmer outfits, that their visit could disturb peace in Mandsaur, where prohibitory orders under CrPc Section 144 are in place, though curfew was lifted Saturday.
He said the irrigation facility has increased manifold and due to abundant water, farmers were reaping rich harvest. "Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi fulfill his promise of providing 50 per cent profit over the cost of production", said Surjewala.
"I will not end my fast till peace is restored in the state", Chouhan said last evening.
As protests erupted across the state after the firing, the Chief Minister, has promised to solve farmers' problems and "stern action against culprits".
Reiterating his commitment to farmers, the chief minister announced that a land-use advisory service will be launched soon for their benefit.
"After all, against whom has he started his fast at Dussehra Maidan?" The farmers' protest witnessed bandh and arson as the agitation spread in other districts of Madhya Pradesh.
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