4 Shot At Madhya Pradesh Farmers’ Protest; Not By Cops, Says Government
Mandsaur: Four people were injured after being shot in protest by a farmer in western Madhya Pradesh. Interior Minister Bhupendra Singh told NDTV that police did not shoot the crowd.
“There were no shots by the police, an investigation was launched,” he said.
Internet services have been suspended in parts of the state such as Indore, Ujjain and Dewas, all in the western part of the state which was witnessed angry by farmers who say that the government does not provide sufficient relief rural unrest.
For days, farmers had big protests, demanding higher prices for their produce, including onions and dal. They also want the loans not to be applied, as in the states of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, which are also governed by the BJP. In many parts of Madhya Pradesh, protests erupted in violence, police men being attacked with stones, vehicles set on fire and shops being vandalized and looted.
Since 2005, Madhya Pradesh was led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who recently met with representatives of farmers’ unions to pledge support.
The agitation of the farmers led to the shortage of vegetables; Farmers have paid thousands of liters of milk on the roads to call attention to their demands.
The western part of Madhya Pradesh is adjacent to Maharashtra, where farmers have had similar events. They want the government of Prime Minister Devendra Fadnavis to take steps to increase incomes and agricultural production, including exemption from all agricultural loans, similar to the repayment of $ 5.6 trillion debt announced in April Yogi Adityanth after taking the Post of chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Prices for vegetables and milk have risen more than 50% in major cities such as Mumbai and information and technology centers in Pune after farmers have cut supplies Thursday.
Rural discontent explosions in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to double farm incomes in the next five years
Maharashtra, the second most populous country in India is the second largest producer of sugar, cotton and soy in the country.
Chief Minister Fadnavis said the government would waive the debt of the marginal farmers they defeated in recent years, adding that a panel would be set to find ways to implement the waiver.
Maharashtra has to spend 305 billion rupees or 4.7 billion dollars to pay off the debts of about 3.2 million farmers who disagreed with bank lending, it said last week.
But farmers say they want the government to give up all debts and not just marginal or poor farmers who do not respect loans.