Mandsaur: Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan to begin fast 

Madhya Pradesh CM, after nine days of the agitation and death of six people, invites the agitating farmers for a peaceful talk. 

Published: 10th June 2017 08:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2017 08:34 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHOPAL: Unable to check the farmers’ stir which has spread to his home district Sehore on Friday, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan resorted to fasting to broker peace with the agitating farmers.

“I won’t sit in my office at Vallabh Bhawan on Saturday, but instead start a fast at the Dussehra ground in the BHEL campus at Bhopal from 11 am. I invite all those indulging in the violent stir to start a dialogue with us there,” Chouhan said on Friday.

“I have been appealing to the protesters for peace as those pelting the stones and those giving them the stones are all our own. Only dialogue can resolve the crisis. Anyone who wants to talk to the government in peace is welcome to come to the Dussehra ground on Saturday,” the chief minister added.

The CM’s call for dialogue was welcomed by the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh (RKMS), the farmers body, which has been spearheading the ten-days long stir since June 1. “Not only us, but the representatives of all farmers bodies, including the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) and Aam Kisan Union (AKU) have accepted the CM’s invitation and hope a peaceful resolution to the impasse,” said RKMS spokesperson Sunil Gaur.

However, the opposition Congress dubbed the CM’s invite and politics of fast as drama. “If he is so serious about talking with the farmers, why did he wait for nine long days and the deaths of six farmers in Mandsaur?” asked MP Congress president Arun Yadav.

Earlier, the leader of opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh and the MP Congress chief Arun Yadav had demanded a special session of the assembly on the farmers issue.

The chief whip of the opposition party Ramniwas Rawat has already written a letter to the state governor on Thursday, requesting to convene the special session. Meanwhile Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders slammed the BJP government saying that in BJP-ruled states, farmers were getting bullets instead of their rightful dues.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.