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Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Shivraj Singh Chouhan ends fast on second day

13 June 2017

A senior BJP functionary admitted that this fast was politically motivated, but blamed the Congress.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also told the district collectors to increase the purchase centres according to requirement and based on the arrival of onion. The BJP leader also hailed prime minister Narendra Modi for trying hard to make agriculture a profitable venture.

"We are not going there for any protest or demonstration, we just wanted to meet the deceased farmers' family", she said. "We are going to buy different varieties of pulses at MSP", the chief minister said.

The CM also announced: "To help farmers who can not pay interests, we will try to provide loan at 0% interest rate". "I began this fast in accordance with "Rashtra dharma" (duty towards the nation) as in the name of farmers' agitation some people created a situation that caused me worry", he said. He fasted to appeal for peace from farmers in his own state. "One thing that made me emotional was the number of our children that we lost in these protests".

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Chouhan yesterday met some farmer leaders, but failed to reach a compromise. "Come and talk to me", he said, adding that he plans to conduct all his work from the Maidan while he's fasting.

The lack of a central leadership left the government in a fix as they did not know exactly who to negotiate with. Nearly all the party office bearers glorified the CM's decision of peace fast.

"A manipulated video clipping was circulated during the agitation to drive a wedge between me and the farmers".

Farmers' protests that started in the state on June 1, demanding better prices for their produce and debt relief, turned violent on June 6 when five farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur.

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Earlier on 4 June, the chief minister had claimed after a meeting with representatives of agitating farmers at Ujjain, that differences with cultivators were ironed out with the RSS' farmers outfit Bharatiya Kisan Sangh even announcing that the strike had been withdrawn. He is genuinely concerned about us.

The district administration also said the Internet services in the district, which were suspended on June 5 after out break of violence, will be restored by Sunday morning.

Those instigating violence will not be spared, Mr Chouhan said and added, "justice will be done and culprits will be punished". Chouhan had asserted that he would not let the state engulf in violence and would ensure that peace returns.

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Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Shivraj Singh Chouhan ends fast on second day