Bhopal, June 11: The farmers in Madhya Pradesh expressed hope for a justice to them while praising the efforts of the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to restore peace in the violence-hit state.
The farmers hoped that the government would come up with a ‘pro-farmer’ decision to end the farmers’ agitation in the state and lauded the Chief Minister for his ‘selfless efforts’ to normalise the situation in the state.
It may be mentioned that an anguished Shivraj Singh Chauhan had launched a fast on Saturday with an appeal to the farmers to shun violence and believe in him for justice and a respectable solution to their demands.
News Agency ANI quoted a farmer as saying, “we are thankful to the Chief Minister for what he is doing for us. This violent protest will turn into peace talks with his efforts. We have not seen any Chief Minister observing fast for poor farmers. This surely will benefit the farmers as the chief minister”.
Supporting him another farmer said that the chief minister would take a decision in the interest of the farmers. This chief minister is taking so much effort just for the farmers. We are confident that he will take the decision in the interest of the farmers, he added.
Earlier in the day, Chauhan said that despite falling asleep “intermittently”, the farmers and their issues made a constant thorough in his dreams and thoughts and hence, vowed to solve the pertinent matters.
“I slept intermittently and all that while I kept thinking about what all topics - out of the ones we discussed with the farmers - can be worked upon as soon as possible,” he said, adding, “किसान ख्वाब में भी थे, हकीकत में भी” (The farmers and their issues were in my thoughts and dreams.)
The Chief Minister said that he always tried to do a lot for the farmers and solve their problems. They are own and I thought upon how to increase the productivity and sustain it, he added. Chauhan also entailed how the families of the deceased met him and asked him to discontinue the fast.
“One thing that made me emotional was the number of our children that we lost in these protests. Their parents came to meet me yesterday and despite such grief befalling upon them, asked me to put an end to the issue,” he said.
Commenting about the amenities provided to him in the tent he has made a stay in for the fasting period, he said, “I was told that this was a five-star tent. They even asked me to put an AC, but I said that wasn’t required. You don’t go on a fast for the farmers by living in AC. We made a meeting room, because I had to meet officials and farmers.”
On Saturday, the families of the four farmers, who were killed in the police firing in Mandsaur, met Chauhan and requested him to call off his fast.
“We requested the Chief Minister to call off his hunger strike. We don’t think that he is doing any drama. He is genuinely concerned about us. We also asked for stern action against the culprits,” said a deceased farmer’s father.
The Chief Minister assured that justice would be done and the culprits would be punished. Chauhan had asserted that he would not let the state engulf in violence and would ensure that peace returns.
“I discussed many problems and their solution. There are some issues which have already been addressed and there are some on which we have to take a decision. We are considering every issue seriously whether it is small or big. We will think about it and discuss it and thereafter, we will definitely take a decision in the interest of farmers,” the chief minister said.
“My fast will continue till there is peace in the entire state. Madhya Pradesh is a temple to me and its people are my God. People’s pain is my pain,” he added.
Claiming that the majority of the population in Madhya Pradesh was dependent on farming, Chauhan said that the state cannot progress without farmers.
Chauhan’s move comes in the wake of unrest in the state following farmers staging a protest demanding better prices for their produce as also a waiver on loan repayments.