MP farmers’ protest: CM Shivraj Chouhan to sit on fast till ‘peace is restored’
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Chouhan made the announcement at a hurriedly-called and brief press conference on Friday, three days after five farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur district.india Updated: Jun 12, 2017 17:31 IST
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will begin an indefinite fast from Saturday for peace and possible talks with farmers who have launched a violent agitation demanding loan waivers and better prices for their produce.
Chouhan made the announcement at a hurriedly-called and brief press conference on Friday, three days after five farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur district.
The agitation has since then spread to several other districts, putting the BJP government under pressure.
“From Saturday, I will not sit at the Mantralaya or the CM’s house. I have decided to start an indefinite fast for peace in the state,” he said. He will hold the fast at the Dussehra Ground in Bhopal.
“There I will hold talks with the farmers on their issues and genuine demands. I will run the government from there and monitor the situation in the state,” he said, adding he was not “heartless”.
The opposition led by the Congress has accused him of failing to address the farmers’ woes and turning the police on the protesters.
“Don’t go anywhere. Come to me. Whosoever wants to come there to talk to me is welcome,” he said, adding. “Whatever decisions are to be taken would be taken from there.”
He also accused “some elements” of trying to create instability in the state. “There will be no compromise on the security aspect. Such elements who are trying to create disturbances and chaos will be dealt sternly,” he added.
The chief minister said he had been at the helm of affairs as chief minister of the state for last eleven and a half years. All through, his focus had been development and welfare of the people, especially farmers.