Farmers protest: Shivraj Singh Chouhan continues fast for 2nd day

Farmers protest: Shivraj Singh Chouhan continues fast for 2nd day

Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday ended his "peace fast" after requests from farmers and family members of deceased in the Mandsaur violence. Yadav said after dialogue with the CM and following the announcement by Chouhan to constitute the Krishi Utpad Lagat-Viparan Ayog (Agro Products Cost and Marketing Commission) to determine cost- based price for farmers' produce, the BKU has chose to call off the stir. Mr Chouhan was on indefinite fast since Saturday to restore peace in the state. At the time of ending his fast, Chouhan was given a glass of coconut water, which signified the ending of his fast.

The chief minister further said that when he had fallen asleep "intermittently" during his fast, he had dreamt of the distressed farmers and "kept thinking of ways to solve their problems". The police opened fire to control the situation.

The CM, reaching out to cultivators, also met 15 delegations of small farmers and 236 panels of big farmers yesterday. State Ministers and the kin of the peasants killed in police firing earlier urged the Chief Minister to end his fast.

The protesters had also burnt a truck and four motorbikes at Rajgarh district headquarters on June 8.

Chouhan began his indefinite fast on Saturday, asserting he would lay down his life for farmers.

The Chief Minister said his government had already implemented numerous M.S. Swaminathan Committee recommendations.

MANDSAUR, JUNE 11 (PTI): Swaraj Indiachief Yogendra Yadav, social activists Medha Patkar and Swami Agnivesh, and JNUSU president Mohit Kumar Pandey were today stopped from entering Mandsaur to meet the families of the five persons killed in police firing. They even asked me to put an AC, but I said that wasn't required. "Your labour won't go waste", he said, "I know of the bumper crop production that sent the prices crashing". Later, protests spread to some other parts of the state.

The farmers' agitation was marred by violence on June 6 when they pelted stones at the police.

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