AAP demands Shivraj's scalp over MP farmers' deaths


Chouhan, who faced heat over the violent farmer unrest in Madhya Pradesh, broke his fast with a glass of coconut water offered by former state chief minister Kailash Joshi. "While any pain to farmers is unacceptable, those who have engaged in incendiary activities will be severely dealt with.", the Chief Minister said.

Chouhan began his indefinite fast on Saturday, asserting he would lay down his life for farmers.

Before breaking his fast, Chouhan said, "Peace has been restored in Madhya Pradesh and no case of violence has been reported yesterday and today". Curfew was clamped in the two towns following violence and killing of five farmers in police firing. "I began this fast in accordance with "Rashtra dharma" (duty towards the nation) as in the name of farmers' agitation some people created a situation that caused me worry", he said.

Chouhan yesterday met some farmer leaders, but failed to reach a compromise.

Natarajan said the Central government should waive all the farm loans as the agriculture sector is facing problems.

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The opposition Congress had, however, dubbed Chouhan's fast as "drama".

A day after the firing incident, the protesters allegedly heckled Mandsaur district collector S.K. Singh, who was later transferred. It was a stunt, to divert the attention of the nation from the ongoing agitation of the farmers.

Earlier on Saturday, the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh - a collective of 62 farmers' unions - said farmers across the country will block national highways between 12pm and 3pm on June 16 to protest the Centre's "anti-farmer policies". They accused me of hiding stone pelters inside my house. Early this morning, while sitting next to his wife Sadhna and a potrait of Mahatma Gandhi, he said, "I have always tried everything possible to help the farmers".

Over the Congress alleging that no BJP leader visited the families of farmers killed during the agitation, the MP rejected the allegation saying he is in touch with the farmers' families.

However, other farmers' outfits stuck to their previous announcement of 10-day long strike denying any agreement with the government.