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MP Chief Minister calls off fast after PM's assurance

bhopal Updated: Feb 13, 2011 15:53 IST

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday called off his fast following an "assurance" by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the Centre will look into the issues raised by the state government.

The BJP leader sat on the fast this afternoon in a makeshift tent here to protest the Centre's alleged neglect of the demands of the state.

A few minutes later, Chouhan got up to address those assembled at the venue and announced that he was calling off the hunger strike following the Prime Minister's "assurance".

Chouhan said that the Prime Minister has invited him for a meeting in Delhi on February 20.

The Prime Minister has also directed the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia to took into the demands raised by the MP Government, Chouhan said.

Singh assured Chouhan that he would arrange a meeting between him and the Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission to sort out the issues he had raised.

"This meeting will be arranged within a week. Let me also take this opportunity to thank you for acceding to my request not to proceed on the fast," the Prime Minister said.

Chouhan wrote to the Prime Minister on February 10 intimating that he intend to undertake a fast to draw his attention to various issues relating to Madhya Pradesh.

The state BJP has accused the Congress-led UPA Government of meting out "step-motherly" treatment to Madhya Pradesh and ignoring key issues raised by them, especially those related to farmers, who are facing tough time due to crop failure.