The former BJP general secretary, Govindacharya strongly criticised the union and the state government for their "casual approach" for the on-going agrarian crisis and alleged that because of "wrong" policies of both the governments, farmers were suffering badly and were driven to suicide in Vidarbha region and many other states in the country.
He said that the increasing cases of farmers suicides in the region, despite the prime minister and the chief minister announcing packages, could only be attributed to the wrong polices of both the governments for years.
The former BJP ideologue also staged a day-long dharna in Nagpur to express his solidarity with the kin of crisis-ridden farmers, who had ended their lives in the region.
Pointing out the on-going cases of suicides in Maharashtra and other states, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, he said that such cases were happening mainly due to the inability of farmers to repay their loans.
While farmers are not getting remunerative prices of their agriculture produces, the cost of agriculture inputs has increased phenomenally in recent past, he further pointed out.
His day-long dharna was supported by several social, political and farmers’ organisations, including Washim unit of Shiv Sena, Bhatratiya Kisan Sangh, Vidarbha Rajya Sangharsha Samiti and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan.
Meanwhile, four more farmers have committed suicide in the region in last 24 hours, taking the death to 1074 since June last. The victims were: Maruti Tajne, Kuchna (Chandrapur), Vilas Jijore of Rui (Yavatmal), Prakash Ingole, Pimpalkhuta and Mukund Kathilkar of Villora (both in Amravati district).
As many as 28 farmers have ended their lives in the region this month alone while the figure reached to 465 after the announcement of the economic package of prime minister Manmohan Singh in July last to bail out the crisis-ridden farmers.