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Published on April 24, 2015 with No Comments


41 year old farmer commits suicide at AAP rally

Here is how politicians reacted.


 Kejriwal went ahead with the rally where he spoke for almost 20 minutes, launching a strident attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of working for the “super rich” and questioning the hurry with which his government brought the land acquisition ordinance. Later, Kejriwal and Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia visited the hospital. AAP leaders claimed that the incident was an attempt to “sabotage” the rally and slammed the police for not intervening in time.

“We kept asking the police to bring him down. The police may not be in our control but they should have acted on a humanitarian note,” said the Delhi CM.

The Congress demanded an FIR against Kejriwal and the Delhi police for abetment to suicide. It claimed that the PM was morally responsible for the farmer’s death as his government “had created conditions that led to distress among farmers.”  An FIR has been registered under Sections 306 (abetment to suicide), 304 (a) (causing death by negligence) and 186 and (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the Indian Penal Code against three unknown persons.

BJP spokesman Sambit Patra attacked AAP, asking its leaders what was more important–politics or a life.”I want to ask all those leaders of AAP, what is more important? A life is important or politics is more important? A life is more important or your career is more important? Your wish to become something is more important or your wish to save the man who is dying is more important?This is a conspiracy, Sir. You knew what was happening but still decided to do your politics. You knew very well that when poor Gajendra Singh jumped from the tree he had committed suicide. Mr Arvind Kejriwal, sir, you knew very well that he had died. Still you did not decide to keep quiet. You still tried to score those political brownie points,” BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said.

The Congress targeted both AAP and BJP for the incident demanding registration of a case of abetment to suicide against the Centre and Delhi governments.”A case of abetment of suicide should be lodged against the central government and the state government….The two persons who can be held most responsible for the suicide are Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and Chief Minister (Arvind) Kejriwal,” said Congress spokesman Satyavrat Chaturvedi.

Senior AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh later held a press conference where they blamed the Delhi police for doing nothing to save the farmer’s life even after being told to do so.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Delhi Police Commissioner D S Bassi and ordered an inquiry. Bassi later said inquest proceedings have been initiated.

Kejriwal, who also visited the RML hospital, condoled the death of Singh and ordered probe by the District Magistrate.

“The loss of life of this farmer in distress is an extremely sad incident and no words can fulfil the irreparable loss caused to Gajendra’s family.

“Delhi government does not wish to engage in any blame game at this terrible tragedy and will do everything to find out how such an incident took place in full public view,” he said.

A bevy of leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury visited the hospital.

Rahul Gandhi said he did not wish to make any statements in “this hour of grief” but assured the farmers that his party would stand strongly behind them and will not allow anyone to take away their land. He also asked Youth Congress workers to help transport the farmer’s body to his hometown.


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