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Arun Jaitley defends Radha Mohan Singh over farmer suicide comment, cites UPA replies

A written reply in Parliament to a question on the sensitive issue of farmer suicides in the country earned Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh severe criticism as he listed dowry, love affairs and impotency as some causes of suicide.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2015 10:42 pm
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As a controversy brewed over a list of reasons given by his colleague Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh for suicide by farmers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today dug out written replies in Parliament during the previous UPA regime, listing out ‘love affair’ as one of the several reasons for suicides.

“Replies given in Parliament on the issue of farmer’s suicide during UPA Government,” Jaitley tweeted attaching four answers given during March 2012 and February 2014 in both Houses of Parliament.

Yesterday, a written reply in Parliament to a question on the sensitive issue of farmer suicides in the country earned Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh severe criticism as he listed dowry, love affairs and impotency as some causes of suicide.

Jaitely highlighted ‘love affair’ in the list of reasons given by the then Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Charan Das Mahant to Rajya Sabha on March 30, 2012.

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The other reply is attached was that of then Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar given to Lok Sabha on February 2, 2013, highlighting ‘love affair’ besides unemployment, property dispute, bankruptcy or sudden change in economic status, poverty, career problem, barrenness/impotency, cancellation/non-settlement of marriage, dowry dispute and fall in social reputation as causes of suicides.

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Jaitley listed the minister’s reply in Rajya Sabha on August 16, 2013 as well as of then Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Tarif Anwar in Rajya Sabha on February 21, 2014 listing similar reasons for the suicides.

Radha Mohan Singh had in a reply in Rajya Sabha yesterday listed “indebtedness, crop failure, drought, socio-economic and personal” as reasons for agrarian distress.

“According to NCRB, causes of suicide include family problems, illness, drug abuse/addiction, unemployment, property dispute, professional/career problems, love affairs, barrenness/impotency, cancellation/non-settlement of marriage, dowry dispute, fall in social reputation and unknown causes,” he had also said.

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    R.k
    Jul 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm
    I don't understand why he gave such statement..n they should understand that now they r in government for more than 1 year..but still for everything they talked about last government.
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      Rahman
      Jul 25, 2015 at 9:35 pm
      So, NDA has no new data and thus following the old data of UPA. Good work from NDA
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        Aryan
        Jul 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm
        In order to kick the officials of outgoing congress party (banks) from the ruling society, it is not enough to produce the actions which do not consute a illegal case like in this article. Otherwise, in order to cancel the activity of officials inside banks (and inside Parliament) it is essential to prove their guilt according to Indian penal code. For this reason and subject to the education AAP has to have legal priorities based solely on the educational and personnel qualifications.
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          babablacksheep
          Jul 26, 2015 at 7:17 am
          Mr. Jaitely: Sir, you were elected to be different from Congress not to parrot the same lines. Why BJP and not Congress if both same?
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            Bijan Mohanty
            Jul 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm
            Arun Jaitley should take leave because of ill health and take rest. He does not know what he says.
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