Farmer’s suicide shakes Parliament; PM seeks unity

Rajat Kain


Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Lok Sabha over the incident of the farmer’s suicide in Delhi Wednesday afternoon. Gajendra Singh Rajput, a resident of Dausa in Rajasthan committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in the rally of Aam Aadmi Party at Jantar Mantar.

“We have to find solutions. The problem is old and widespread and the government will accept all suggestions. Nothing is more valuable than human life,” said PM Narendra Modi.

“For many years, farmers’ suicide has been a cause of concern for the nation and governments. Because of yesterday’s incident, the grief in country has been expressed here. I join in the grief expressed in Lok Sabha”, added the Prime Minister who spoke after the Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave his statement on the incident.

The Home Minister had on Wednesday called Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, ordering a thorough probe in to the incident.

Giving a near clean to Delhi Police, the HM said “police tried to stop the crowd from provoking Gajendra. Despite this, the people at the rally kept clapping, making noise”.

The Prime Minister spoke on the floor of the house after Opposition parties demanded for the statement by Prime Minister.

Earlier in the day, the members of Parliament in both the houses raised protest over the disturbing incident soon as the Parliament started. The members of opposition in the both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanded government’s statement with members of the Upper House seeking Prime Minister’s statement on the incident.

Following adjournment notices by the Congress and other parties for suspension of Question Hour in Lok Sabha, Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge said “Police kept watching…people on stage kept watching the suicide… Government is not taking cognizance of suicides”. The members on the Opposition benches raised slogans against the government as Kharge targeted the BJP-led NDA government.
The government too replied in the affirmative with Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu telling the lower house, “The government has no problem in discussing this important issue in the House… It should not be politicised”.

“This isn’t suicide, this is homicide and the culpability lies with the government… Request the PM to come out of Twitter and see the ground reality,” said CPI’s MB Rajesh on the floor of Lok Sabha.

“Many questions come up because of this incident. Why didn’t we stop this tragedy from happening? Introspection needs to be done, why wasnt the farmer stopped? We are humans first, politicians, journalists second. Even children saw these horrific images,” Congress MP Deepindra Hooda said.

In the upper house too, the Opposition members, and especially the Congress party, marked a strong protest seeking no other than the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give a statement over the incident.

“We want the PM to make a statement on the issue in the floor of a House,” said Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad amid noisy protests in Rajya Sabha.

Several members in Rajya Sabha voiced their concerns over the larger picture of plight of the farmers across the country.

Sharad Yadav said, “Government programmes on farmers are not helping. If you want to help the farmers, his crop should be bought and not be left to rot in the warehouse”.

Seeking a thorough probe over the incident BSP chief Mayawati said, “The central government should take this matter seriously. CBI should investigate and find out if the farmer was provoked into committing suicide”.

The farmer publically hung himself from a tree where he sat on for nearly half hour as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and hundreds of his partymen looked on. The deceased who also left a suicide note before taking his own life mentioned that he is suffering from debts as his crops has failed. Describing himself as a “son of the farmer”, he said he is father of three children.