Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

After 6 deaths, Shivraj Singh Chouhan to observe fast, meet agitating farmers

After 6 deaths, Shivraj Singh Chouhan to observe fast, meet agitating farmers

With his death, the death toll in the nine-day farmer unrest has risen to six.

The five farmers shot dead in Madhya Pradesh when police opened fire to disperse a protest did not own the land they cultivated, the Indian Express daily reported on Friday.

With farmers' protest seemingly spreading across the nation, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the nation can not be prosperous unless the farmers of the country earn more. I will resolve their problems.

Later, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh confirmed that five farmers have been killed in the clashes with the police, which he had vehemently denied before. "S, I have decided from tomorrow I will be listening to grievances in-person", the chief minister said.

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Mr Singh, who was in Mumbai for the BJP party workers' rally as part of third anniversary celebrations of the Modi government, said: "Since the magistrate enquiry is going on, it will not be right to say anything".

On Chouhan's resignation, Naidu questioned whether Singh had resigned from the post of chief minister after the farmers, who were seeking compensation after a hailstorm, were killed. As of now, authorities said that situation is under control and precautionary measures have been put in place to check anti-social elements.

The 46-year-old Congress party leader was taken into preventative custody by police near the Rajasthan border as he tried to enter the city with crowds of Congress supporters, even though police had barricaded the area.

"Modi waived money for the elite but he can not waive farmer loans".

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"The state government will buy onion at the rate of Rs 8 from the farmers and will provide it to the poor customers in PDS shops at rate of Rs 2".

If the Congress leader tries to enter the district, he will be detained, the SP said.

Meanwhile, 62 people have been arrested in violence hit Mandsaur district and curfew is in force in two towns, Pipliyamandi and Mandsaur. This in turn angered the protesters further.

The Madhya Pradesh farmers hit the streets protesting over their demands for remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met.

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The National Commission on Farmers, headed by eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan, in its final report had said, "The Minimum Support Price (MSP) should be at least 50 per cent more than the weighted average cost of production".

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