All parties should find credible a solution to farmers suicide, says former PM Manmohan Singh
GN Bureau | April 23, 2015
Prime minister Narendra Modi made a brief statement in the Lok Sabha on the farmer's suicide and said there was nothing more important than a human being's life. "For many years, farmer suicides have been a serious issue for all governments," he said.
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"Even I was pained by yesterday's incident. We need to collectively think of a solution to the problem of farmer suicides," Modi said. "The government is ready to go forward with constructive ideas on this issue. There is nothing more important than a farmer's life. There is nothing more important than a human being's life."
Gajendra’s death has saddened the Nation. We are all deeply shattered & disappointed. Condolences to his family.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2015
At no point must the hardworking farmer think he is alone. We are all together in creating a better tomorrow for the farmers of India.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2015
Meanwhile, political parties continued to toss around the tragedy of Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh’s suicide during AAP rally in New Delhi on Wednesday, like any other political issue.
While, former PM Manmohan Singh said, "it is a great tragedy that so many farmers are committing suicide...All parties in the House and outside must put their wisdom, knowledge and experience to find credible a solution," his party leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge asked home minister Rajnath “when the farmer was climbing the tree, was the police sleeping then?”
"You (Rajnath) said that people at the rally were provoking the farmer. You said the people on the stage also did not protect the farmer. But your police force was there to control the people provoking the farmer. When the farmer was climbing the tree, was the police sleeping then? Did the police want the farmer to commit suicide?" asked Kharge.
"When the police saw the man climbing the tree, the police instantly made a call to the fire brigade to come to the spot. They even tried to control the people provoking the farmer," said Rajnath, responding to Kharge's question about what the police was doing.
"I offer my condolences to Gajendra Singh's family, also on the behalf of PM Modi and the nation. But this matter shouldn't be politicized," the home minister said.
But AAP leader Kumar Vishwas lashed out at Rajnath Singh's statement in the Lok Sabha that Delhi police tried saving the farmer whereas people at the rally were provoking the farmer. "The Home Minister is lying to the Parliament and the nation. He said that AAP leaders were trying to stop Delhi police from doing their work. Is this the Delhi police's strategy under the Centre's order to defame the AAP government?" said Kumar Vishwas.
"We were constantly appealing to the Delhi police to help the farmer," said Vishwas. "You (media channels) have the footage. You can show the truth about what happened," he said.
Vishwas said, "yesterday, it was announced that Magisterial enquiry would be initiated in the case. Today, Delhi Police refused to work with them."
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