Madhya Pradesh farmers call off stir after talks with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
The farmers’ stir in Madhya Pradesh was called off on Sunday evening, hours after chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held talks with the protesting farmers in Ujjain district.
“We called off our stir around 10.50 pm after holding talks with different farmer leaders,” Jagdish Rawalia, secretary, MP Kisan Sena which was spearheading the stir, told PTI over phone.
After the dialogue between the CM and representatives of the farmers, RSS-affiliated farmers’ body Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), that backed the stir on Saturday, said it was satisfied with the talks and announced the protest stands withdrawn.
BKS’s Kshetriya Sangathan Mantri Shivkant Dixit said the farmers have decided to withdraw their stir as the CM agreed to “most of their demands”.
After the meeting, the CM tweeted, “I am happy the farmers have decided to withdraw the strike. The MP government is pro-farmer and will continue to work for their welfare.”
The farmers called off their stir after Chouhan assured them that onion will be purchased at Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 8 per kg.
Chouhan tweeted that the procurement of onion at a rate of Rs 8 per kg would start within 3-4 days and would continue till the month-end.
“In summer, the government would purchase the Moong dal at its Minimum Support Price (MSP),” Chouhan said in an another tweet.
He also announced withdrawal of cases filed against the farmers in course of the agitation.
The CM also agreed to other demands of the farmers, particularly satisfactory prices for their produce.
Earlier in the day, fresh violence were reported from Sehore and Ratlam, the fourth day of the stir.
In Sehore district, nine policemen including City Superintendent of Police (CSP) SR Dadotia and tehsildar Santosh Mudgal were injured when protesting farmers allegedly pelted stones at them at Sonda village on the Indore-Bhopal road.
Police were attacked when they went to disperse farmers who had stopped a banana-laden truck and were throwing the fruit on the road, Sehore ASP AP Singh, said adding the policemen used tear gas shells to disperse the farmers.
Farmers emptied 5,000 liters of milk from a tanker at Raipuria in Jhabua district.
“Police registered a case against unidentified persons,” said Raipuria Police Station in-charge ML Bhawan.
In Delanpur village of Ratlam district, police sub-inspector Motiram Choudhary and his deputy Pawan Yadav suffered injuries in stone-pelting. Three four-wheelers were also torched, allegedly by the protesting farmers.
“The trouble started this evening when farmers stopped vendors and threw milk on the street. On getting the information, police reached the spot and tried to disperse the protesters but the farmers threw stones at them injuring two policemen,” said Ratlam Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Neha Bhartiya.
Both the injured policemen were admitted to a hospital, she added.
Also on Sunday, vegetables and fruits market remained closed at some places in the state, especially in the Western region.
The strike, which was mostly confined to western Madhya Pradesh had impacted the supply of milk, vegetable, fruits and other essentials at Indore, Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Dhar, Shajapur, Khandwa, Neemuch and Ratlam.