Madhya Pradesh: Two BKU leaders detained as govt tries to placate farmers

Other leaders of the Kisan Union-Anil Yadav and Shailendra Verma- said that they will block the national highways state-wide during the day to protect farmers' interests. The farmers in Harda shaved their heads as a sign of protest.

Farmers in Maharashtra had launched a stir on June 1 pressing for various demands, including waiver of loans due to crop failures and indebtedness, and guaranteed minimum support price.

However, BKS' Kshetriya Sangathan Mantri Shivkant Dixit said the farmers have chose to withdraw their strike as the CM agreed to most of their demands. In many parts of Madhya Pradesh, the demonstrations have erupted in violence, with police men being assaulted with stones, vehicles being set on fire, and shops being vandalized and looted.

After the dialogue between the chief minister and representatives of the farmers, RSS-affiliated farmers' body Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), that backed the stir on its third day on Saturday, said it was satisfied with the talks and announced the protest stands withdrawn.

In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who termed violent agitators as "anti-social elements and not farmers" said his government is taking all necessary steps to address the issues of agitating farmers.

"I am happy that farmers have chose to withdraw their strike".

Chouhan blamed "a few people for giving a wrong direction to the farmers' protest" in a hurriedly called press conference on Monday. Farmers' groups other than BKS, which joined the agitation after it gathered momentum, said their demands were not met.

Police were attacked when they went to disperse farmers who had stopped a banana-laden truck and were throwing the fruit on the road, Sehore ASP AP Singh, said adding the policemen used tear gas shells to disperse the farmers.

The agitation by farmers has led to a shortage of milk and vegetables in the state.

The farmers' strike, which is mostly confined to western Madhya Pradesh impacted the supply of milk, vegetable, fruits and other essential commodities at Indore, Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Dhar, Shajapur, Khandwa, Neemuch and Ratlam. The call for the bandh was given two days back. "The MP government is pro-farmer and will continue to work for their welfare".

Solapur-Malegaon road and Nagpur-Tuljapur highway were also blocked by farmers.

  • Leroy Wright