Here's who said what about the farmer's suicide at AAP rally
Following the suicide of a farmer on Wednesday during the Aam Aadmi Party's rally in New Delhi, as always political parties have started accusing and pointing fingers at each other.india Updated: Apr 22, 2015 21:17 IST
Following the suicide of a farmer on Wednesday during the Aam Aadmi Party's rally in New Delhi, as always political parties have started accusing and pointing fingers at each other.
Allegations and counter-allegations have been flying thick and fast after Gajendra Singh from Dausa district of Rajasthan hanged himself from a tree at Jantar Mantar.
Many politicians, including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi chief minsiter Arvind Kejriwal and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechuri visited the hospital where the farmer was taken.
Here is a look at who said what on the incident:
PM Narendra Modi
PM tweeted about the incident, "At no point must the hardworking farmer think he is alone. We are all together in creating a better tomorrow for the farmers of India. Gajendra’s death has saddened the Nation. We are all deeply shattered & disappointed. Condolences to his family."
Gajendra’s death has saddened the Nation. We are all deeply shattered & disappointed. Condolences to his family.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2015
The Aam Aadmi Party has blamed the police for being mute spectators and suggested the incident was a conspiracy to sabotage the two-year-old outfit.
Pointing to the fact that Delhi police is outside his government's jurisdiction, Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "We kept asking the police to bring him down. Police may not be in our control but at least there should be a semblance of humanity among them. I am rushing to the hospital with Manish Sisodia."
Senior AAP leader Ashutosh said, "Our volunteers took the farmer to the hospital, not the police."
Defending the party's decision not to stop the rally while the farmer was still atop the tree, another AAP leader Sanjay Singh said, “Had we stopped the programme, it would’ve become impossible to control the crowd. A stampede could have broken out.”
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi put the blame for the incident on the land bill.
Rahul said, "I just want to tell the farmers we are with them and they should not feel scared at all. It is a very sad incident and so I have not come here to do politics. All this has happened because of the ordinance that has been brought by the BJP government.”
Sambit Patra, spokesperson: " "This is a conspiracy, Sir. You knew what was happening but still decided to do your politics. You knew very well that when poor Gajendra Singh jumped from the tree he had committed suicide. Mr Arvind Kejriwal, sir, you knew very well that he had died. Still you did not decide to keep quiet. You still tried to score those political brownie points."
Vasundhara Raje, chief minister of Rajasthan: " We will do whatever is needed to be done, including adequate compensation that is to be paid."
Sitaram Yechury, secretary general of CPM, too, blamed the controversial bill, saying, "This land acquisition ordinance is further adding up to misery of farmers. For the last one year, the matter has been raised in the Parliament. The plight of farmers has been made known to PM and his government."