A 45-year-old farmer committed suicide at Thakri village in Rajasthan's of Sri Ganganagar district on Sunday leaving a two-page note accusing Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his government of not fulfilling its pre-poll promise of waiving bank loans. Sohan Lal Meghwal had recorded a video and uploaded on Facebook that alerted neighbours to the fact that he was planning to kill himself. However, the farmer had committed the fateful act before they could reach.
Meghwal who consumed poison died while being taken to the Sri Ganganagar district hospital. In the video, he says:
"I am killing myself, but I would like to urge the Ashok Gehlot government to take note of farmers' grievances and pay back their dues. I want to apologise to my family too, if I have done them any wrong. I hope that unity returns to this village after my death."
Meanwhile, investigations are going on. Police said that the deceased has said that the promise of a loan-waiver was not fulfilled. Following the incident, a left-backed farmers group called Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha will hold a massive protest in the Sri Ganganagar district. Protesting farmers raised slogans against CM Ashok Gehlot.
A farmer protesting said: "We have demanded that the promises that the Gehlot government did. They said they will waive loans, they have not done it. A farmer killed himself in front of district collector's office 20 days ago and today also another has killed himself. Banks are pressurising us that they will take away our land if we don't pay back the loans but the government is not releasing money for loan payment."
Republic Bharat had earlier in its exclusive Operation Karz Maafi exposed the lies peddled by Congress government in the Congress-ruled states. While one stung MLA revealed how he had waylaid farmers by pointing out the impracticality of the 10-day loan-waiver assurance given by Rahul Gandhi ahead of the elections, another MLA openly said that there was no money and that it would have to be raised via taxes or via reducing spending on state schemes. A third MLA, meanwhile, countered the first MLA's contention that nationalised banks were the impediment, even as the sting also revealed that while some farmers were being waylaid, others were having loans far greater than the stipulated Rs 2 lakh waived.