Leaderless farmers in MP drive stir through social media

Meanwhile, the All India Kisan Sabha – a wing of the Communist Party of India – has chose to observe June 14 as “Protest Day” across the country against the Mandsaur police firing on farmers by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.

“Any purchase of farm produce below the MSP declared by the Centre would be considered a criminal act in MP”, Mr. Chouhan told a gathering at BHEL’s Dussehra Maidan here, the venue of his fast. “So the state can not move ahead without the farmers”, he said. “Your labour won’t go waste”, he said, “I know of the bumper crop production that sent the prices crashing”.

The district administration had also said the Internet services in the district, which were suspended on June 5 after out break of violence, will be restored by Sunday morning.

He announced the state would buy the produce and give profitable prices to farmers.

While addressing media, Superintendent of Police said that no curfew will be imposed after 8pm in Mandsaur, section 144 will continue.

Mandsaur, the epicentre of the farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh, remained peaceful yesterday with authorities relaxing curfew for 12 hours from 8 am to 8 pm.

Earlier in the day, Chouhan, who began his indefinite hunger strike, asserted that he would not let the state engulf in violence and would ensure that peace returns.

The Chief Minister had appealed to farmers to discuss their problems with him.

The AAP said its leaders would meet the families of the victims to express their solidarity with them. He said the CM should have travelled to Mandsaur to meet the families of the farmers killed in police firing. “For getting satisfactory price for their produce, the farmers are protesting”, said Sharma, who had led a farmers’ agitation in December 2010. “The state government would establish “Kisan Bazaar” (farmers” market) within the area under all municipal bodies.

He affirmed that he has always tried to do a lot for the farmers. On 7 June, six farmers had died after police opened fire at farmers protesting in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh. He also thanked his supporters who accompanied him at Bhopal’s Dussehra Maidan.

The farmers have run out of cash due to digital payment mode, which is still at a nascent stage in Madhya Pradesh, he said.