Facing severe criticism for his ‘coward farmers’ remark, Haryana agriculture minister OP Dhankar cancelled his Thursday’s tour to Rohtak at the eleventh hour.
Dhankar was scheduled to visit Rohtak on Thursday to distribute I-pads to ARPAN students around noon at the Vikas Bhawan here. But about 50 minutes before the programme, the district information and public relations department circulated a text message saying the minister’s visit has been cancelled due to “some reasons” which were no specified.
Dhankar is facing the ire of the farmer community and opposition parties for his comment that "farmers who commit suicide are cowards and criminals."
"According to Indian law, suicide is a crime. A person who commits suicide runs away from his responsibilities. Such people are cowards and the government cannot stand by such cowards, such criminals," Dhankar had told reporters on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Bhiwani unit of the Congress held a protest against Dhankar’s remarks on Thursday and burnt his effigy.
Former Congress MP from Bhiwani, Shruti Chaudhary, demanded an apology from the minister for insulting the hardworking farmer community. “Dhankar ji had demanded implementation of Swaminathan Commission when BJP was in opposition, now he is insulting the farmers, who work day and night to feed the country”, she added.