Chhattisgarh Agriculture Minister and powerful BJP leader Brijmohan Agrawal might just have hit the wrong nodes while playing the tune of politics.
Brijmohan Agrawal said that “a common man or a poor man never commits suicide”, which he described as phenomenon seen in the “developed countries and cities”. Brijmohan Agrawal expressed his views during a question-answer session at India Today’s special programme, State of States on Chhattisgarh in Raipur today.
Responding to a question about recent reports of suicides committed by farmers in Chhattisgarh, Brijmohan Agrawal sadi, “I ask journalists that when they report about suicide committed by farmers, they should also tell how many students committed suicide, how many ordinary people committed suicide, how many women committed suicide. When these data come up, naturally there are records of farmers committing suicide.”
The Chhattisgarh agriculture minister went on to assert that “the countries and cities that are more developed see more suicides. A common man or a poor man never commits suicide.”
Agrawal also said that the Raman Singh government of Chhattisgarh had done the maximum for the farmers. He said, “The income of farmersthat was Rs 12,000 per annum earlier has increased to Rs 82,000 per annum.”
“Chhattisgarh is the first state to buy paddy from the farmers at support price. It is the first state that gives bonus of Rs 300 (to farmers for paddy cultivation). It is the first government to give loans to farmers at zero per cent interest rate. It is the first government to give Rs 1 lakh to farmers for their pumps, transmission line,” he said.
“It is the first state government in the country which is giving solar pumps each costing between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5.5 lakh to 50,000 farmers. These are being given to them at Rs 7,000, Rs 12,000 and Rs 20,000,” Agrawal said.
No other government is perhaps giving as much as this government is doing for the farmers,” he said, adding, “So, it is totally wrong to say that farmers here are committing suicide due to farm-related issues. No farmer in Chhattisgarh is committing suicide due to the government’s schemes, farm related issues or due to loans. The farmer is committing suicide due to other natural reasons.”
Agrawal also sounded confident of winning the Assembly election in Chhattisgarh due for later this year. He dismissed the reports of anti-incumbency against the BJP government in Chhattisgarh. There could be anti-incumbency against certain individuals but there is none against the state government, he said.
He said that with the Narendra Modi government at the Centre executing pro-people policies, the BJP would form the government in Chhattisgarh for the fourth consecutive time after the Assembly election.
News credit : Indiatoday