Bhopal, Feb 17: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Rameshwar Sharma today made a reckless statement against the farmers who give up their lives due to loss or burden. He said those farmers have committed suicide who are less of farmers and do more business of licking subsidy.

His original statement was in Hindi as ‘Mare vo kisaan hain jo kisaan kum aur subsidy chaatne ka vyapaar zyada karte hain’.While addressing a conference here he told I have seen many rich people dying and have seen real farmers fighting, and not dying. The MLA further added those people have died who have defamed agriculture, and such are some fat businessmen and some people in the administration.

This statement comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his several rallies in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh has been reiterating to provide facilities to the farmers and waive off loans, also the saffron party promised to provide free urea to farmers in Uttar Pradesh.

From past several years farmers in the country have been committing suicide, As per an article of Indian Express, 5,650 farmers committed suicide in 2014, the figure crossed 8,000 in 2015. In the first 4 months of 2016, more than 100 farmers had given up their life.  By July 2016, nearly 363 farmers had committed suicide due to agrarian reasons, as per a PTI report.

Earlier, BJP MP Gopal Shetty had termed farmer suicides as “fashion trend”.

Maharastra witnessed the maximum number of suicide rate last year, it became so severe that Bollywood actor like Nana Patekar and Akshay Kumar had come out to help the families of farmers overcome debt.

On January 27, Supreme Court favoured a comprehensive national policy to protect farmers, many of whom have committed suicide due to rising debt and crop failures caused by natural calamities, terming it a “sensitive” matter of public interest and human rights.

“It is a sensitive matter of larger public interest and human rights which covers the entire country,” a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice N V Ramana had said.

The court had said this after hearing the appeal, filed by NGO ‘Citizens Resource and Action and Initiative’ on issues relating to farmers in Gujarat.