The western Madhya Pradesh districts, especially Mandsaur remained peaceful today following which authorities made a decision to lift the curfew from all the three police station areas of the Mandsaur city. Collector O P Srivastava said the situation has improved and no untoward incident has been reported. Internet services have also been suspended in multiple districts, according to police reports.
"He is sitting on the fasts not for the farmers but for himself".
Former chief minister Harish Rawat and his supporters today staged a sit-in against the killing of five farmers in police firing in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district.
The chief minister added that he met 15 delegations of small farmers and 236 panels of big farmers through the day.
"There is no chance of a loan waiver because when I became the minister in 2008, I promised to provide loans at three percent". For the second year in a row, there have been nearly no buyers for the state's bumper onion crop. I genuinely want to resolve problems of the people.
He said protests were not justified because the government was willing to listen to the aggrieved people.
A day later, farmers have refused to call off the strike and the state is now witnessing a shortage of milk and vegetables.
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Appealing to the farmers to maintain calm, he said, "Only talks can end the differences".
The central government, meanwhile, has asked the states adjoining Madhya Pradesh to keep a strict watch against the spread of farmers' protest in their region. The state government responded by deploying police and claiming the farmers' campaign was instigated by the opposition, mainly Congress, the traditional ruling party of the Indian bourgeoisie. "Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi fulfill his promise of providing 50 per cent profit over the cost of production", said Surjewala.
Chouhan, who appealed for peace, said the government will deal sternly with anti-social elements who are resorting to violence amid the farmers' agitation.
After being denied entry into the curfew hit area on safety grounds, the delegation comprising Sanjay Singh, Bhagwant Mann, Somnath Bharti, Ashutosh and the party's Madhya Pradesh unit convener Alok Aggarwal staged a dharna in the Dhodhar area of Ratlam district.
After addressing the gathering, he also looked carried out the official business. "It will continue till the time peace is restored in MP". Earlier, the farmers' bodies had declared that the stir would last 10 days (till today). Talking to media in Bhopal, he said that anti-social elements have entered in the farmers' agitation. "So far, both the BJP government at the Centre and in the state has been the rule of spin-masters".
The opposition termed the CM's move a "drama" and criticised his "hypocrisy".