Shivraj observes fast to restore 'peace', Congress slams him

"Hashtagging his fasting campaign with the slogan "#Shivraj4Peace" on Twitter, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Saturday that he's begun his fast, and added that he will "continue to fast until normalcy is restored" in the tense state.

More than 1,600 farmers killed themselves in Madhya Pradesh in 2016, according to official figures. Chouhan announced he would "indefinitely" shift his office to Dussehra ground to meet agitating farmers to address their problems, and go on fast. "The Chief Minister will hold discussions on different schemes launched by the government, including School Chale Hum, he would also review the Kharif produce, issues related to Hamidia Hospital and primarily talking to the farmers", sources in the administration said.

- I request people not to burn up the state.

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"I totally stand by Shivraj Chouhan's fast for peace and support him in this initiative".

Chouhan, on Friday, made an announcement that he will go on an indefinite fast for peace and invited people to come up with their problems.

On June 6, five protesters were killed in police firing in Mandsaur district, the epicentre of the agitation.

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The ruling BJP has accused the Congress of provoking the farmers and fuelling the protests. A temporary residence and a House panel have also been erected, with the deployment of heavy forces at the venue. A number of farmers were brought by the party for interacting with the chief minister. Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh termed the fast as a "Kejriwal drama", which, he alleged, would involve an expenditure of crores of rupees.

Farmers are selling potatoes and onions at throwaway prices in the state.

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