The Chhattisgarh authorities on Friday instructed the Legislative Assembly that 141 farmers had dedicated suicide over a interval of 10 months between April 1, 2020, and February 1, 2021. It was responding to a query by the Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik.
Following the federal government’s reply, the BJP staged a walkout from the House, expressing dissatisfaction over the reply.
Earlier within the day, the opposition BJP cornered the Congress over the problem of farmer suicides, with Kaushik asking the federal government throughout Question House in regards to the variety of farmer suicides within the state and whether or not any compensation was or will likely be granted to the households.
In his response, state Agricultural Minister Ravindra Choubey knowledgeable the House that 141 farmers had dedicated suicide over a interval of 10 months.
He additional said that in a single case, a Patwari in Kodagaon district was suspended for allegedly making a mistake in crop girdawari and land report documentation.
Kaushik responded by asking whether or not “Chhattisgarh is a farmer state or a ‘farmer killing state’” and demanded an investigation in all instances of farmer suicides.
Choubey retaliated by accusing the BJP of making an attempt to politicise farmer suicides. “Suicides happened under their 15-year regime too, did they bother to offer any compensation? They are trying to politicise the unfortunate deaths. Suicides are always investigated,” he stated.
The House quickly noticed ugly scenes as each Congress and BJP leaders accused one another of disrespecting the deceased farmers, following which the saffron celebration MLAs staged a walkout.