Retired HC judge to probe Mandsaur firing

Maharashtra opens kitty for agitating farmersMore

Maharashtra opens kitty for agitating farmersMore

The Congress on Monday said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should have met the families of those killed in Mandsaur police firing instead of resorting to the "drama" of going on a "seven-star fast".

To look into the cases related to big farmers, the Maharashtra government has constituted a committee.

"It is very important to understand that the protests across the country by the farmers is not about loans or loan waivers as there are far more serious issues", Sainath said.

Earlier, the government of Uttar Pradesh under the chief minister Yogi Adityanath while fulfilling its poll promise announced waiver of farm loans worth Rs. 36,000 cr.

"States like Maharashtra that are keen on farmer loan waiver should generate funds from their own resources", Jaitley added.

"They were definitely not farmers but Shaitan (devils) and haivan (beasts) who tried to defame Madhya Pradesh and they will not be spared", Chouhan had said. "We have chose to implement every policy with the consent of farmers", he said before ending the fast.

Chouhan later sat on a two-day fast to placate the protesting farmers, which he ended with a few announcements to benefit the farming community in his state. "It is the victory of farmers' rights that they would get loan waiver at the right time".

The ruling BJP and the opposition congress have locked horns over the farmers' agitation in Madhya Pradesh, with the former claiming that the latter was behind the chaos and violence in Mandsaur district that claimed six lives.

On June 1, farmers from a village in Ahmednagar district went on strike followed by many groups of cultivators in other parts of the state suspended vegetable and milk supply to Mumbai.

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