Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan ended his “peace fast” this afternoon. He assured farmers that their demands will be considered. He thanked his supporters who accompanied him at Bhopal’s Dussehra Maidan.
Those instigating violence will not be spared, justice will be done and culprits will be punished.” Mr Chouhan said”
He also said that the farmers will be compensated for their losses.
Early this morning, when he sat on a fast with his wife Sadhana on the side and a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi behind him, the Chief Minister said, “I have always tried to everything possible to help the farmers. Their problems are ours. They are our own.”
The families of five farmers who died in police firing during protests last week in Mandsaur had last night urged him to call off his fast.
Mandsaur, the farmers’ protest had been on the boil since last week. As protests spread across the state after the firing, the Chief Minister began what came to be dubbed a “peace fast”.
He announced that the state government will buy farm, produce and give profitable prices to farmers.