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BJD to protest MP CM’s visit to Odisha




 In the wake of killing of five agitating farmers in alleged police firing in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today announced that its workers would protest Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s proposed Bargarh district visit to attend Bharatiya Janata Party’s ongoing “Mo Booth Sabuthu Majboot” programme.

Talking to media persons, BJD spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Keshari Deb said, “It is very unfortunate. When the farmers took to the streets with their legitimate demands, BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh government fired on them and as per information available with me, five farmers have been shot dead in police firing. It is a tragic incident”.

He added that the chief minister of MP is coming to Bargarh. “The Prime Minister had also visited there. He is visiting a place which is dominated by farmers in the back drop of five farmers shot dead in his own State. Our party will stage a protest”, Deb said.

Meanwhile, the State unit BJP spokesperson Sameer Mohanty remarked, “The reason behind the alleged police firing is awaited. It is their (BJD’s) political right to protest. But for what? In Odisha, 200 farmers have died. The farmers of Odisha are yet to get insurance benefits.”

Notably, five farmers were shot dead in clashes on Tuesday in the central city of Mandsaur, about 325 km from the capital of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. The farmers began their strike on June 1 demanding debt relief and better prices for their produce. Mandsaur remains tense and a round-the-clock curfew is in place. Mobile internet services have been cut off and thousands of police in riot gear patrolled the streets of the Mandsaur district.

Farmers in neighbouring Maharashtra state have held similar protests and have stopped supplies to urban areas, leading to a spike in the prices of vegetables and dairy products including in major cities like Delhi and Mumbai.






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