Farmers’ organizations decide on unified agitation plan
Over 50 Farmers organizations, representing various states, have demanded immediate resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan as the toll rose to seven farmers dead in the police firing at Mandsaur. They have also decided to spread the agitation country-wide.
According to APN correspondent, farmers’ representatives from various parts of the country gathered at Gandhi Peace Foundation in the capital on Saturday for discussing the strategy for the ongoing agitation. To begin with, to exert pressure on governments, the farmers unanimously decided to block traffic on June16 on all major highways in the country. Thereafter situation will be assessed again on June 19 for finalizing future strategy for the agitation.
The farmers have demanded loan waiver all over the country and fixing of the prices of their produce at one-and-a-half times their farming cost.
Farmer’s protests are being witnessed in Madhya Pradesh (MP), Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Karnataka and Telangana for the past month. In Gujarat, the Congress has threatened that if demands of farmers were not met soon, they too will begin a statewide agitation.
Meanwhile, as the violent unrest entered its tenth day, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, started indefinite fast on Saturday for restoration of normalcy in the state. He assured that the State government stands firmly with the farmers. He was quoted as saying “we are going to buy the farm produce and give profitable prices for it”.
The protests, which began on June 1, demanding loan waiver and better prices for the farm produce, took a violent turn leaving seven farmers killed and six others injured so far. On Friday the protests reached close to Bhopal after stone pelting was reported in Fanda area, where Police lathi-charged the farmers and arrested 20 of them.
Earlier on June 3, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced “ the biggest ever” farm loan waiver in the state.