Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (R) (Photo:
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday ended his indefinite fast he was observing for the restoration of peace in his state. He launched the fast on Saturday. Chouhan began his fast on Saturday, asserting he would lay down his life for farmers.
Chouhan, who is on an indefinite fast at Dussehra Maidan here, met several representatives of farmers' organisations and listened to their problems on Saturday.
However, as the Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister Gauri Shankar Bisen ruled out any loan waiver, a group of farmers started a counter-protest opposite him.
The Chief Minister would hold talks with farmers on Sunday as well.
The farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been on strike since June 1 to press their demand for loan waivers and fair price for their produce.
The farmers' agitation was marred by violence on June 6 when they pelted stones at the police.
In retaliation, the police opened fire at the farmers, leaving five dead, according to official count. However, farmer leaders claim eight were killed that day in police firing.
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