Chouhan, Fourth CM to Stage Dharna in Two Months Span

Published: 05th March 2014 06:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th March 2014 06:31 PM   |  A+A-


After Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Kumar Reddy and Nitish Kumar, a fourth Chief Minister--Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh--is embarking on a dharna, all in the span of two months.
Chouhan and his Cabinet colleagues will stage a sit-in here tomorrow during the state-wide bandh call given by the BJP to protest the Centre's apathy towards farmers affected by natural calamities.

"When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had no time to meet the MP Chief Minister during his last visit to Delhi on the issue of farmers despite the fact that he was present in the national capital, the BJP is left with no option except to resort to protest," Madhya Pradesh BJP President Narendra Singh Tomar told reporters here today.

Farmers across MP would also stage a road blockade on the issue, Tomar said.

The BJP has given a call to observe a shut down until 2 pm in order to highlight the "apathetic attitude" of the Centre towards the state's farmers, and the entire MP Cabinet will stage a sit-in protest in the state capital from 10 am to 2 pm, he said.

The BJP had demanded declaration of extensive damage to crops by rain and hailstorm as a "national calamity" and asked for a package of Rs 5,000 crore from the Centre, he said.

Other issues over which the BJP has given a protest call are meagre compensation given by the Centre to soyabean crop despite a central team recommending a Rs 370-crore relief package, purchase of gram crop at the maximum support price and recognising MP as a basmati rice growing state, he said.

Kejriwal set the trend for a Chief Minister to sit on a dharna with his 33-hour protest against the Delhi Police in the heart of Delhi in January. The AAP leader has since resigned over the issue of Jan Lokpal, climaxing a 49-day tumultous tenure as Delhi Chief Minister.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy came to Delhi to hold his "dharna" last month in a last ditch attempt to prevent bifurcation of his state.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar spent five hours on Sunday protesting in Patna in a bid to put pressure on the Centre to accept his demand for granting special status to the eastern state.

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.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp