As a controversy brewed over a list of reasons given by the agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh for suicides committed by farmers, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday dug out written replies in Parliament during the previous UPA regime, listing out 'love affair' as one of the several reasons for suicides.
"Replies given in Parliament on the issue of farmer's suicide during UPA Government," Jaitley tweeted attaching four answers given during March 2012 and February 2014 in both houses of Parliament.
A written reply in Parliament, on Friday, to a question on the sensitive issue of farmer suicides in the country earned agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh severe criticism as he listed dowry, love affairs and impotency as some causes.
Jaitely highlighted 'love affair' in the list of reasons given by the then minister of state for agriculture and food processing industries Charan Das Mahant in the Rajya Sabha on March 30, 2012.
The other reply attached was that of then agriculture minister Sharad Pawar given to the Lok Sabha on February 02, 2013, highlighting 'love affair' besides unemployment, property dispute, bankruptcy or sudden change in economic status, poverty, career problem, barrenness/impotency, cancellation/non-settlement of marriage, dowry dispute and fall in social reputation as causes of suicides.
Jaitley then listed the then minister's reply in Rajya Sabha on August 16, 2013 along with that of then minister of state for agriculture Tarif Anwar on February 21, 2014 listing similar reasons for the suicides.
Radha Mohan Singh had, in a reply in Rajya Sabha, on Friday listed "indebtedness, crop failure, drought, socio-economic and personal" as reasons for agragarian distress.
"According to NCRB, causes of suicide include family problems, illness, drug abuse/addiction, unemployment, property dispute, professional/career problems, love affairs, barrenness/impotency, cancellation/non-settlement of marriage, dowry dispute, fall in social reputation and unknown causes," he added.