Farmers' Mahasangh demand dismissal of Shivraj Singh Chouhan Govt in MP

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Criticising Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's indefinite hunger strike over farmers' agitation, the Congress Party on Sunday said the fast is observed to divert the attention from the former's mistakes in handling the crucial situation. "But I am here to hold discussions with all of you".

He also said, "We will write to lift ban on internet". Last month, Modi declared his government would double farmers' income over the next five years.

Early this morning, from Bhopal's Dussehra Maidan where he is on a fast, the Chief Minister said, "I have always tried to everything possible to help the farmers". Stone-pelting protests were also reported from Dhar district where protesting farmers set on fire a private jeep.

However, the CM categorically said all unruly elements would be dealt with strictly.

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On June 6, five agitating farmers were previously killed in police firing in Bahi Chowpati of Mandsaur district.

Another Congress leader Meem Afzal said, "This is very condemnable that the government is stalling Rahul Gandhi wherever he goes".

In May 2016, for example, Vijay Jhanvandiya and Vivekanand Mathne, activists in Maharasthra's cotton-growing Vidarbha region organised an all-India meeting of farmer associations in Wardha, near Nagpur, where they listed the implementation of the Swaminathan report as a key farmer issue. "Farmers' stir is the result of the failure of Chouhan, the state bureaucracy and the police", he alleged. Farmers have also been forced to sell winter crops, like tomatoes and potatoes, at giveaway prices. That was the informal instruction spread amongst protesters here, many of them youngsters who defy the stereotypical image of the traditional Indian farmer.

"Who is this indefinite fast against? the public or his own government?" "We will get them the right price", the chief minister said.

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State Congress president Arun Yadav demanded that the false cases registered against farmers should be withdrawn.

The death toll in the ongoing crisis rose to six yesterday, when a 32-year-old farmer, Ghanshyam Dhakad, who was brought by police from Bhaugarh (Mandsaur) to Indore's MY Hospital on Thursday late night, died. Calling the chief minister's fast a "tamasha", Yechury took to Twitter and wrote, "Hypocrisy at its worst: On the one hand, unleash police to kill poor farmers, and on the other, tamasha of a "fast".

"Dozens of people indulging in violence have been detained and heavy police force has been deployed on the highway", said SP (Bhopal North) Arvind Saxena.

Naidu's comments reveal fears that the farmers' protests could escalate out of control and precipitate broader struggles by working people and the rural poor throughout the country.

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