Former Prime Minister HD Deva Gowda begins Hunger Strike at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on farmers’ suicide on August 31, 2015.
The Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh's announcement in the Parliament on the farmer's suicide was condemned by many political leaders.
On August 21st Agriculture Minister said farmers were committing suicides for the reasons like love affair, drugs, dowry, family problems which are other than the drought and debt. This statement was made after the queries raised by lawmaker in Rajya Sabha indicating 1400 farmers were death this year with financial debt, drought and poor yield.
Samajwadi supporters have staged in Jantar Mantar on the issues of farmer's suicide insisting the government to take necessary steps immediately.
Deva Gowda severely condemned this statement and said 'It is one of the worst statements made by the Agriculture Minister. It is unbecoming of the Agriculture Minister at the national level. I am so sorry, how Prime Minister Narendra Modi tolerated this type of statement'.
He also told in Karnataka everyday more than 10 farmers are getting suicide. He also added about 6000 farmers were committed suicide after the power of present government.
Gowda says the farmers' suicide should the first issue to be handled by the government because everyday farmers are losing their previous lives somewhere. He didn't call any political parties for support, he called for the people or groups who sincerely wishes the farmers welfare to join his campaign.
Samajwadi party leader Naresh Agarwal demanded apology from the minister for his irresponsible statement.
On response to the critics Agriculture Minister said this statement was based on the report by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The report of NCRB states in 2012, 13754 farmers get suicides throughout the nation. Last year 16,000 farmer committed suicide. Every day 46 farmers are committing suicides throughout India. Maharashtra stands first at 4,238 followed by Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The five worst affected states are Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.