Suresh Pujari slams Agri minister for ‘false’ data on farmer’s suicide

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Bhubaneswar: BJP national secretary Suresh Pujari today came down heavily on Odisha Agriculture minister for allegedly presenting false report in the Assembly on Bargarh farmer Hadu Bagarti’s suicide.

Speaking to a press meet, Pujari said that it is unfortunate that Agriculture minister presented a false data in the House even without conducting a probe.

“Attributing Khainu Bagarty’s suicide to domestic quarrel by the Agriculture Minister is untruth, unfortunate, distasteful & also disgraceful”, he said.

The top BJP leader said quarrel bwteen a couple is a normal practice. “Had it been the reason of suicide, all the husband would have been dead by now”, Pujari mentioned in his twitter page.

He alleged the minister did not send a single official to the village of dead farmer for an inquiry. “Not a single government official, be it the ‘Top’or the ‘Bottom’ in Bargarh has visited Bargati’s house! How come Agrl Min know the reasons”, he tweeted.

Agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy had informed the Assembly on Saturday that family dispute was the reason behind the suicide of Bagarti at Bargarh and it was not due to crop loss or the burden of loan

“An inquiry into the suicide of Khainu Bagarti alias Hadu (the farmer), revealed that his death was not due to crop loss or debt burden. It (suicide) may have taken place due to a quarrel with his wife,” State agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy had said in a statement in the assembly as per the direction of Speaker Niranjan Pujari.

He said, Bagarti (55) of Kendapalli village under Bargarh tehsil, had three acres of cultivable land at Jhankarpalli village, while another 1.74 acres was in the name of his wife. He grew paddy in two acres and in the remaining land vegetables, the minister said.

The minister also had denied the charge of lack of irrigation facilities led to his death.”The inquiry officials found water in all his land. A tube-well had been dug in Bagarti’s agricultural field from which he was getting the required water for irrigation for last five years”, the minister said.

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