Centre May Order Larger Probe Farmer Gajendra Singh's Suicide, Says Venkaiah Naidu

27/04/2015 11:39 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 13: Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu during the India Water Week 2015 at Vigyan Bhavan on January 13, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The theme of five day water week is Water Management for Sustainable Development. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

HYDERABAD — Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu indicated here today that the Centre may order a larger probe into farmer Gajendra Singh's suicide after a getting the report of a preliminary Delhi Police inquiry.

"People have raised doubts about farmer Gajendra Singh's suicide. His family wants an inquiry. So the Government of India will think about the next step after receiving the preliminary report of the Delhi Police inquiry. Nobody should politicise it, because if you try to do that, it will boomerang," he told reporters here.

"You have already seen how the AAP unnecessarily criticises the Central government and now it itself has (got) caught into a controversy. They (AAP leaders) continued their meeting even after the man (farmer) lost his life. So please don't politicise this issue and let the truth come out," he said.

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He said that the farmer's suicide has nothing to do with the Land Acquisition Bill. "It (Gajendra Singh's suicide) is totally meaningless to attribute that to the Land Acquisition Bill," he said.

"Farmers suicides are long-term issue. It is a deep issue. It's a very sensitive issue. Entire society has to apply its mind. Centre, state governments and all political parties should come together to find some long term solution to this problem," he said.

He said that it is not as if farmers began committing suicide only after the Narendra Modi government took over, adding that during UPA rule, every year more than 10,000 to 12,000 farmers committed suicide.

"So, please don't politicise this issue. Let us apply our minds and find some permanent solution to farmer related issues," he said.

"It is very painful that farmers commit suicide. We should not derail their confidence. We should give confidence to them that the system, the government and the political parties stand behind them," he said.

The senior BJP leader said it is unfair to criticise the NDA government due to farmers' suicides.

"If at all anybody is doing it (criticising) they are doing it for the sake of politics and there is no public interest involved," he said.

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