CM Shivraj Chouhan begins fast, Farmers call for action
Bhopal: Amid raging farmers’ protests in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has started his indefinite fast and will continue “until peace is restored”.
The Chief Minister is sitting at Bhopal’s Dussehra Maidan, where, he said; people can come and discuss their problems with him.
He assured that the state government will buy farm produce and give profitable prices to farmers. He is also believed to be considering waiving interest on farm loans, which could benefit over six lakh farmers at a cost of around 2,000 crore to the taxpayer.
Farmers’ protests started last week in Mandsaur over demand for better prices for their produce and debt relief. The protesting farmers blocked roads, vandalised property and set vehicles on fire on Tuesday. The police opened fire to control the situation.
The situation escalated when five farmers died on the spot and another farmer, who was allegedly detained by police died on Friday at a hospital.