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Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj begins 'peace' fast

AAP leaders including Bhagwant Mann Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh are planning to visit the district that was hit by farmers’ agitation Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj begins 'peace' fast
Lillian Steele | 13 June, 2017, 11:50

Then why did Chouhan sit on an indefinite fast at Bhopal, 350 km away from Mandsaur, the epicentre of the violence? The opposition has termed Chouhan's fast a gimmick.

Hundreds of farmers held a protest at Mandsaur on Wednesday demanding better prices for their crops and loan waivers when the cops opened fire on them. You don't go on a fast for the farmers by living in AC. He needed a way out.

"I do not understand that instead of maintaining law and order which was their responsibility, they fired on farmers". "Any purchase of farm produce below the minimum support price (MSP), declared by the Centre, would be considered a criminal act in Madhya Pradesh", he told a gathering at BHEL's Dussehra Maidan here, the venue of his fast. "So, I have decided from tomorrow I will be listening to grievances in-person", the chief minister said. The week-long build-up to that fast, however, brought him nationwide publicity.

Kamlabai Mewade along with her husband had been beaten up by the police.

Antony sought the government's intervention and warned that the situation could take a turn for the worse and have an impact across the nation. "Farmers should be given justice immediately, or else we will launch a struggle", Surjewala said. More than 1,600 farmers killed themselves in Madhya Pradesh in 2016, according to official figures. Chouhan's image as the "humble son of a farmer" was built up during campaigning for the polls.

Sirohi further said that all farmer unions would meet on June 18 to decide the next course of ongoing agitations. "How one can expect farmers to remain calm in such situation?"

The latest fast was carefully scripted.

On Saturday night, Chouhan met the family members of the farmers killed in a police firing. State Congress president Arun Yadav described the end of the fast as the culmination of the "five-star fast'".

"We have been doing protests peacefully. He is rubbing salt on the wounds of the victim's families".

When the farmers' stir started, Chouhan's image had taken a severe beating in the media. He said he would ensure farmers don't face amy problems.

They are tech savvy, own smartphones and used Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to spread information and gather people for the protests.

Chouhan, clad in kurta-pajama and a Nehru jacket, sat on fast at a pandal erected at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited's Dussehra Maiden here at around 11 am after former chief minister Kailash Joshi put a "tilak" on his forehead.

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