1. Farmers who commit suicide are cowards, says BJP minister, draws flak from Rahul Gandhi

Farmers who commit suicide are cowards, says BJP minister, draws flak from Rahul Gandhi

BJP leader O P Dhankar has stoked a controversy with his remarks that farmers who commit suicide are "cowards" and "criminals", drawing severe flak from Rahul Gandhi, others.

By: | Chandigarh | Published: April 29, 2015 6:13 PM
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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi speaks in Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

Haryana Agriculture Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader O P Dhankar has stoked a controversy with insensitive remarks that farmers who commit suicide are “cowards” and “criminals”, drawing severe flak from the Opposition with Rahul Gandhi raking it up in Parliament today.

“Committing suicide is a crime, according to Indian law. Any person who commits suicide escapes from his responsibilities and leaves the burden on his wife and innocent children and such people are cowards,” Dhankar, who earlier headed the BJP’s Kisan Cell, said yesterday.

While farmers were “crying with pain in their hearts”, the Haryana Minister was calling them “cowards”, Rahul Gandhi said amidst a chorus of “shame, shame” from the Opposition benches.

Asked about compensation to kin of farmers who committed suicide, the Minister said, “An institution like government cannot stand behind cowards (those committing suicides) and cannot be with a criminal.”

The Congress slammed the Minister’s “insensitive” remarks and demanded that he be sacked. The issue also echoed in Parliament with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi citing it to attack the ruling BJP.

“Your minister in Haryana now says that farmers who commit suicide are cowards. You did not help them when their crops were affected by hailstorm, the farmers bore it. You ended their bonus, they bore it. You did not give them fertilisers, they were lathicharged, but they bore it and now their produce is lying in the markets,” Gandhi said in Lok Sabha.

Attacking BJP’s Manohar Lal Khattar government, Haryana Congress President Ashok Tanwar said, “This shows the insensitive mindset of the government towards the farmers. Will the Khattar government wake up from its deep slumber or will it wait till more farmers end their lives.”

Despite the uproar, Dhankar today defended his remarks saying the the issue of farmer suicides was “hype” and “motivated”.

He also referred to the alleged suicide by a farmer Gajendra Singh at an AAP rally in Delhi.

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  1. Virendra Sason
    Apr 29, 2015 at 10:26 pm
    JAI JAWAN JAI KISAN OP Dhankar ( Agriculture Minister in the BJP Government ) comments invited on suicide deaths in Armed Forces:- Suicide deaths in armed forces: 597 cases in past 5 years More than physical and mental strain, extended deployment in counter-insurgency roles, domestic, family and financial problems have been blamed for the stress faced by the Indian defence personnel
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      BharatLal
      Apr 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm
      Dhankahad ji, apne aap ko sambhalo. Don't talk stupid, and make fun of poverty and helpness of poor people. Now so called 'Unndata' has become begar due to bad policies and greediness of gov, politicians, businessmen. India can be compared with worst countries and not with the best in terms of common man. This must change, and for that first we change our atude to poor and deprived.
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        Narayan
        Apr 29, 2015 at 7:22 pm
        Farming will be a low return business when the productivity continues to be low. A farm without water resources, where the farmer hopes to get subsidized power to run bore-well that have low water tables, is certainly going to lose out to another farm with better resources. A farm with low nutrition levels in the land are going to lose to better lands. A farm is heavily dependent on asymmetric natural phenomenon. If I get floods where I till, and another area as moderate rains, I have no other go than lose. So farming is high risk and not suitable for small scale. Farmers potion in the country must shrink to 2%. Consolidated land holdings of large size must be run as industry with risk management by distributed holdings. Politicians want to nurture farmers as a large size vote bank, but a large section of them are doomed to be perennially in poverty. Food prices can never go up, because it will affect the cost of living and have other repercussions. Food will never be allowed to be exported to protect domestic availability. In times of scarcity food will be imported to avoid famine. So there will never be a boom time for agriculture.
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          vasant
          Apr 30, 2015 at 7:33 am
          NOT COWARDS BUT THEY ARE COMPLETELY HELPLESS AND THEIR SITUATION MUST BE WORSE THAN WORST. THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THEY WERE ROBBED EVERYTHING MONEY AND THE LAND BY THE HIGH PROFILE MEN IN POWER AND THE RICH FARMERS WHO WERE THE PART OF IT CAN BE TERMED AS A SCAM. POOR FARMERS DON'T KNOW WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO.
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