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A farmer committed suicide. Explain how it increases Rajasthan’s ‘gaurav’: Pilot asks Raje

A resident of Charanwas village in Nagaur district, Mangalram Meghwal, 37, had taken a loan of Rs 2.98 lakh and repaid a part of it. His family was expecting the balance to be written off under the state government’s loan waiver scheme, but received a seizure notice from the SDM allegedly following which he committed suicide

rajasthan elections 2018 Updated: Aug 06, 2018 23:07 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Rajasthan Pradesh Congress President Sachin Pilot (PTI)

The suicide by a debt-ridden farmer in Rajasthan, allegedly after a sub-divisional magistrate issued orders to auction his land, took a political colour on Monday with Congress asking chief minister Vasundhara Raje to explain what “gaurav (pride)” was she talking about during her ongoing Gaurav Yatra.

“Chief minister Vasundhara Raje should explain how Rajasthan’s “gaurav” has increased with the death of a farmer who was compelled to commit suicide after an order was issued for attaching his land?” asked Sachin Pilot, the Rajasthan Congress president.

The Rajasthan Congress has announced to pose one question each day during Raje’s 40-day yatra. This is the fourth question.

A resident of Charanwas village in Nagaur district, Mangalram Meghwal, 37, had taken a loan of Rs 2.98 lakh and repaid a part of it. His family was expecting the balance to be written off under the state government’s loan waiver scheme, but received a seizure notice from the SDM allegedly following which he committed suicide.

Pilot said due to the faulty policies of BJP governments in state and at Centre, hundreds of farmers have committed suicide. “The CM claims of waiving of crop loans upto Rs 50,000, but the truth is that farmers are still committing suicide. The CM is on a “gaurav yatra” but the truth is that the pride of Rajasthan is being dented”.

Since 2013, when the BJP formed government, Rajasthan has witnessed many natural calamities but lakhs of farmers were yet to get any relief. “Farmers were beaten over demanding ferltilizers, seeds, water and electricity,” Pilot said, adding the government reduced the subsidy on agricultural equipment and even reduced assistance provided for constructing basic structures.

He said agricultural produce such as garlic, groundnut, cumin, and gram were not purchased in right quantity and on right price by the government. “Demanding right price, farmers held protests and seven of them have committed suicide in last fortnight. The farmers are sell their produce at 20% less than the minimum support price,” the Congress leader said.

Senior party leader and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot too accused Raje of giving priority to her “gaurav yatra’ instead of addressing the crucial issue of farmers’ suicides.

“Farmers in state are committing suicide and Raje is carrying out Rajasthan gaurav yatra,” Gehlot said in a tweet, a day after terming the chief minister’s rally her “vidai (farewell)” yatra.

“Most heart wrenching to know that one more farmer ended his life in Nagaur due to debt burden. The BJP government has totally failed in providing any relief to the farmers,” Gehlot said.

He further said, the suicide of Meghwal was a matter of “huge shame” for the state government, which has failed to curtail the unabated suicides by farmers.

After arriving in Jodhpur on Sunday, Gehlot had said that without doing any work, the chief minister was taking out an yatra which was a “joke” and a “waste of public money”. Taking a dig at Raje for allegedly asking voters to re-elect BJP else the development work will stop in the state, Gehlot said, “You go to Gwalior forever, (development) work will never stop.”

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 23:07 IST