Jalandhar: The Aam Admi Party (AAP) on Monday expressed shock over yet another suicide by a debt ridden farmer at Ferozepur on Sunday and accused Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for remaining a mute spectator to the worsening financial crisis of peasantry in the state. State Convenor of AAP Sucha Singh Chhotepur said that within a week of suicides by a farmer and his mother at Barnala, another farmer committed suicide at Ferozepur. Chottepur said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for putting moratorium on the recovery of loan from farmers, who were under debt, squarely due to faulty policies of state government, but the Badal government did not give any heed to it. Unveiling the data of farmers suicides, Chhotepur said that as many as 116 farmers have committed suicide due to agrarian crisis so far in the year 2016 and Punjab was second state in the country, where maximum numbers of farmers’ suicides were reported. Chhotepur said that the shocking incident of an alleged suicide by a farmer, along with that of his mother, when a moneylender along with a police posse arrived at his door to take passion of 2-acres of land he had mortgaged has come at a time when Punjab has gained the dubious distinction of emerging as a farm suicide hotspot. Chottepur maintained that the recurring tragedy on the farm was happening at a time when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has urged the Supreme Court not to reveal the names of defaulting companies, which have defaulted in repaying loans of at least Rs 500-crore each. He also said that on the other hands farmers list of loan payers not only carries the names but also a loud warning saying ‘do you know them’ and ‘have you seen them’ as if these farmers who have been unable to pay loans are terrorists. “How could we have two set of laws– one for the rich and powerful and another for the poor farmers?”, he questioned. Training his guns towards Badals, Chhotepur said tired of the false promises by Akalis and Congress, farmers were now having hopes from AAP, which would definitely come out with the permanent solution of their woes, after coming to power in 2017.
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