Case Against Union Agriculture Minister For ‘Anti-Farmer’ Comment

Singh’s comments that farmers were committing suicide for media coverage have been criticised. (File)

Payna:  A case has been registered against Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Monday for “insulting farmers”, a lawyer said.

Social activist Tamanna Hashmi filed the case in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court. It will be heard next week.

Commenting on the ongoing nationwide agitation by thousands of farmers demanding loan waiver and higher price for their produce, the minister had said some farmers were doing it for media attention.

“There are crores of farmers in the country but only a few farmers have been staging protest. It has no relevance at all,” he had said.

The 10-day protests that started on June 1 coincide with the farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandasur last year when seven farmers had died in a police firing on June 6.

Farmers in the agrarian states of Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan on Friday joined the protest call given by various farmer organisations.

Radha Mohan Singh’s comments that farmers were committing suicide just for media coverage have been widely criticised.

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