One more farmer dead as stir spreads across tense Madhya Pradesh

Posted June 11, 2017

As Shivraj Singh Chouhan's indefinite fast against the recent violence in Mandsaur entered its second day, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said that the farmers issues occupied his thoughts even in dreams and he would resolve them soon.

The state's Home Minister Bhupendra Singh had told PTI that the five farmers had been killed in police firing, a remark that assumes significance as the authorities had earlier claimed the police did not fire during the protests.

Sanjay Singh demanded Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's resignation and also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the matter. "The state government is always ready for talks with farmers". I genuinely want to resolve problems of the people. Read Also: One more farmer dies in Mandsaur, locals blame copsHe said, "Out of power in the state for almost three decades, the Congress is making a desperate move to establish itself".

The chief minister said that 65 per cent of the population is dependent on farming and the state can not progress without farmers.

Madhya Pradesh is set to go for polls next year.

Chouhan today said that negative elements will be dealt with strongly.

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According to a 2006 report, later endorsed by the BJP party in its 2014 general election manifesto, but yet to be implemented, all crop prices should be fixed at a minimum of 50 per cent higher than the production costs.

Unimpressed by his gesture, a farmers' body led by former RSS leader Shiv Kumar Sharma called for a "jail bhoro" agitation on Sunday to protest the police action at Mandsaur which has been hit by large-scale violence with several vehicles burnt and buildings torched. He added, "Our Government will ensure that the farmers get a profitable value on their yield".

"I won't sit in my office at Vallabh Bhawan on Saturday, but instead start a fast at the Dussehra ground in the BHEL campus at Bhopal from 11 am. I know your (farmers) problems", he said addressing a gathering, including cultivators, here. Farmers have also been forced to sell winter crops, like tomatoes and potatoes, at giveaway prices.

"The electricity distribution company in the region has been snapping power supply to farmers if they fail to pay the monthly bills instantly", he said. Five farmers died on the spot and one more succumbed to his injures on Friday. "We will do all we can do for them", the Chief Minister told NDTV.

Naidu's comments reveal fears that the farmers' protests could escalate out of control and precipitate broader struggles by working people and the rural poor throughout the country.

He also denied allegations of Congress instigating the violence in the state. He had said the AAP leaders would face arrest if they tried to enter the district.