Shivraj Chouhan's fast was 'stunt' to divert nation's attention: Left

Violet Powell
June 12, 2017

Punia also highlighted how there has been no change in the problem faced by the farmers and proceeded to question Chouhan's intention to observe the fast.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan continued his indefinite fast for peace in the state amid farmers agitation for the second day on Sunday. The delegations pressed for loan waiver and "satisfactory" prices for their produce.

Mandsaur has been facing a tense situation with farmers protesting over their demands for remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met.

BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan had claimed that the family members of those killed in police firing at Mandsaur on Tuesday have requested the CM to call off his fast.

He said agricultural land would now be acquired only with the consent of farmers concerned. Earlier on Sunday, Chouhan, who started an indefinite fast on June, ended his fast by consuming coconut water. It was a stunt, to divert the attention of the nation from the ongoing agitation of the farmers.

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Authorities said curfew will continue in Pipliamandi police station area, about 15 km from Mandsaur district headquarters, where the killing of five farmers in police firing on June 6 led to sudden escalation of violence and arson that spread to several other districts of Madhya Pradesh.

During the later stage of this 10-day farmers' protests, the flames of protest singed the state capital as protesters torched a truck and some other vehicles on the Bhopal-Indore highway. "My reactions to employees' agitation earlier in which I had warned not release a single additional pie to them was shown as my reaction to the farmer's agitation", he said.

Also, many windmills are operating in the region for which land was acquired from the farmers, but the government never gave compensation for the agricultural land, she alleged.

He also announced a compensation of Rs. 1 crore to the kin of those killed and Rs. 5 lakh for those injured in the violence.

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