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Madhya Pradesh CM goes on fast as atrocities against farmers continue unabated

Shivraj Singh Chauhan

The Manmohan Led UPA government in 2008 had waived off Rs 60,000 Cr worth of full loans of farmers across India then why can’t the present Modi government cannot do likewise to help the farmers in Madhya Pradesh.

When the state is burning with protests that have turned violent due to killings of farmers by police and RAF, the decision of the chief minister to sit on an indefinite fast looks ridiculous and absurd.

How a serving chief minister who is in power can sit on a fast against his own wrong decisions, governance and against his own rule in the state. The farmers are protesting in Mandsaur over demand for better prices for their produce and are seeking debt relief from the government as they are forced to commit suicide due to the burden of huge debt and their incapability of repaying the loans.

This act of Shivraj cannot befool anybody as this is similar to what Arvind Kejriwal did after becoming chief minister of Delhi and sitting in street protest against governor Najeef Jung. But he then became the butt of a joke. These cheap tactics being used by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Chouhan is nothing but to pretend of his clean image while the real issue is to understand the problems of the farmers and to take appropriate action.

The Manmohan Led UPA government in 2008 had waived off Rs 60,000 Cr worth of full loans of farmers across India then why can’t the present Modi government cannot do likewise to help the farmers in Madhya Pradesh.

Rather than resolving the situation through talks and delivering the promise of loans waivers, Madhya Pradesh chief minister opted for the highhanded action of the police  that resulted in the killing of four farmers in Mandsaur district on Tuesday. Then the state government resorted to further confrontational approach by imposing curfew in Mandsaur and Piplimandi, shutting down of internet  services, imposing section 144 and then finally deploying RAF to tackle the agitating farmers.

Farmers’ families who are already reeling under debt burden, now have to deal with the loss of lives of their loved ones.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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