The 10-day farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh ended on Sunday with no untoward incident reported from any part of the state, police said but farmers insisted that it was only a phase of the agitation that had ended.
A group of farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union got themselves tonsured in Misrod area of Bhopal and performed a ‘havan’ with a prayer that good sense prevails upon the government to address the farmers’ grievances in the state. They also fed vegetables to cows to register their protest about poor prices of agriculture produce in the state.
Anil Yadav, general secretary of the union’s state unit said since the government was no more for the farmers they performed the religious ritual of tonsuring their head on the 10th day. The farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh also marked the first anniversary of the police firing in Mandsaur that killed six people on June 6 last year.
“Instead of the state government working to protect the interest of the farmers, it is working against farmers and adopting anti-farmers policies,” Yadav said.
He said the farmers’ agitation was not over yet. “It’s just a phase of agitation which is over. We will think of the future course of action,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kisan Kranti Sena’s national president Hardik Patel said in Indore on Sunday that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s statement that farmers’ agitation was a flop was unfortunate. “Is the farmers’ agitation a success in the CM’s eyes only when there is a chaotic scene?” he asked.
He said Chouhan often said he was a son of a farmer and that he held farmers in high esteem. However, when farmers took the street for their demands the government dubbed them as Congressmen.
Patel said he would undertake a 17-day Janjagriti yatra in Madhya Pradesh in Malwa-Nimad region and address four public meetings in different districts.
The unrest among farmers is shaping up as an electoral issue in Madhya Pradesh. At a farmer’s rally at Pipliyamand near Mandsaur on June 6, Congress president Rahul Gandhi promised to waive farm loans in ten days if the party is voted to power in the upcoming assembly elections.
He also said that if the Congress forms the government, it would act against those responsible for the death of six people in Mandsaur in police firing during last year’s farmers’ agitation. These have been the two main demands of the farmers who had gone on a 10-day statewide strike.