10-day farmers strike begins, Bharat Bandh on June 10

Other demands of farmers include  waiver of loans, pension to farmers after 55 years and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission under the banner of the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh.
Mandsaur famers protest
Mandsaur famers protest

New Delhi, June 1: The 10-day nationwide  farmers’ strike has been launched on Friday demanding the promised Minimum Support Price (MSP) of produce  amid fears of shortage of essentials and violence during the agitation. Security has been tightened in Madhya Pradesh as  89 companies of Special Armed Force (SAF) and more than 20,000 jawans have been depoyed to deal with any untoward situation.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will hold a rally in Pipliyamandi near Mandsaur on June 6 to mark the death anniversary of six farmers who were killed during the agitation in June last year. Since the incident in which farmers were killed in police firing, Mandsaur became the centre of political attention and agrarian protest.

Other demands of farmers include  waiver of loans, pension to farmers after 55 years and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission under the banner of the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh.

Shiv Kumar Sharma, President, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh said, “More than 130 Farmers organisations are with us. This has now become a nationwide agitation. We have named the protest ‘Gaon Band’. We won’t go to cities, as we don’t want to heckle the normal lives of the people”.

Other farmers’ organisations, under the platform of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, have called for June 6 to be observed as Mandsaur Shaheed Kisan Smriti Diwas, and have a three-day programme planned in the area.

 Shiv Kumar Sharma said,”We have decided to observe a Bharat Bandh on June 10 till 2 pm. Would like to request all the businessmen of cities to close their shops till 2 pm & pay tribute to farmers who have lost their lives in previous years”.

The farmers who have called for the ten-day long protest will observe ‘Gaon Bandh’ from 1 June to 10 June, 5 June as Dhikkar Divas, 6 June as Saheed Sahadat Divas, 8 June as Asahyog Divas and 10 June as Bharat Bandh.

RKS was formed in Bhopal comprising 17 farmers’ bodies from across the country and many organisations joined it later on.

In the view of agitation, security has been beefed up in Madhya Pradesh to avoid any kind of mishappening.

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Bharat Bandh on June 10 till 2 pm, says Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh’s President Shiv Kumar Sharma

“More than 130 Farmers organisations are with us. This has now become a nationwide agitation. We have named the protest ‘Gaon Band’. We won’t go to cities, as we don’t want to heckle the normal lives of the people”, he added.

Security beefed up in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who arrived in Bhopal on Thursday, however, dubbed the farmers’ agitation as an agitation of the Congress party.

“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state is working for the welfare of farmers and it has taken several big decisions in their interest,” he had said.

Responding to this, state Congress chief Kamal Nath said it is very surprising that those who ordered fired at the farmers demanding their due are now trying to shift the blame for violence on his party.

On being asked by media to comment on the proposed farmers’ agitation, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan refused to say anything.

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