Following the suicide of a 45-year-old farmer in Rajasthan, BJP MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy voiced out his opinion on the need to uplift the agrarian community.
In an exclusive interview to Republic, he said, "This incident of a farmer taking his own life shows that the Congress ideologies are at fault. Now there is a need to shift the focus completely towards uplifting the farming community and agriculture back to a globalized market economy that makes the farmers stand on his feet rather than relying on waiving off loans. "
Supporting the government's method in dealing with the farmer crisis he added:
"Last year the government promised that they would double the income of the farmers by 2022, going by what the Indian agriculture should have a growth rate of 18 percent. How is that attainable when a growth rate of 2 percent is only not achieved? It is time to reflect a little seriousness in the functioning of the government,"
The 45-year-old farmer had 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."
R Rathore, the deputy leader of Opposition in Rajasthan assembly also slammed the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot. He said that they should be arrested.
Speaking to news agency ANI, he said:
"Farmers are committing suicide because they feel cheated by the promise of loan-waiver made by Congress government in the state. This case falls under IPC 306 that is abetment of suicide and they must be booked."
BJP MP Nihal Chand also came out in support of the farming community by holding the Congress responsible for the farmer's suicide, he said:
"Prior to the elections the government in Rajasthan had promised that they would waive off the loans of the farmers. The farmers believing in these empty promises elected the Congress government but so many days have passed and no loans have been waived off."
Taking a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi he further said :" The Congress president, as well as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot are both answerable to the farmers who have been cheated with false promises"
In his suicide note, the farmer blamed the Gehlot- Sachin-led Congress government for his suicide. He said that the government should face the people and he is taking away his life so that other farmers of the village do not bear the false promises of the state government. He also wrote that his funeral should not be held until and unless the state government pays the loan of the people.