BJP National Secretary Suresh Pujari today slammed Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy for his statement on the suicide of a farmer in Bargarh district in State Legislative Assembly on 4 March saying the Minister furnished ‘false’ report on the incident.
Saffron Veteran Mr.Pujari came down heavily on Mr.Maharathy for what he alleged presenting false report in the Assembly on Bargarh farmer Hadu Bagarti’s suicide.
Mr.Pujari said it is indeed unfortunate that Agriculture minister presented a false data in the House even without conducting a probe.
“Terming Khainu Bagarty’s suicide as a result of a domestic quarrel by the Agriculture Minister is untruth, unfortunate, distasteful and disgraceful”, the BJP Veteran Lambasted.
He also revealed that the Agriculture Minister did not send a single official to the village of Bagarti to probe the case.
“Not a single government official from top to bottom visited Bargati’s house,” he told Media.
However, the Agriculture Minister told Media that his statement in the Odisha House was based on the report of the Bargarh District Magistrate.
“My statement was based on the report from the District Magistrate in the suicide case,” Minister said.
Bargarh District Magistrate said that he had directed the Tehsildar, Revenue Inspector and Agriculture Officer to probe and send the report.
Bagarti’s wife and daughter-in-law also alleged that no officials visited them to find the cause of the suicide. Bagarti was under tremendous tension due to crop failure, they told Media.
Minister Agriculture had informed the State House on 4 March that family dispute not loan burden drove the farmer to end his life. He also had denied allegations over lack of irrigation facilities that led to crop loss in Bagarti’s land.
In the mean time, BJP Krushak Morcha has threatened to stage demonstrations at all the district headquarters on 7 March to protest Minister’s statement in the Assembly.
Krushak Morcha President Shivaji Mohanty said party activists will burn effigies of the Agriculture Minister during the agitation and raise the issues of hapless farmers being forced to go for suicide.