New Delhi, Jul 27: Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda today began a hunger strike here demanding discussion in Parliament on the farmers’ suicide in the country. Also Read - Will Actor Mithun Chakraborty Join BJP? His Plan to Share Stage With PM Modi at Bengal Rally Creates Speculation

Flanked by party MPs, MLAs, and Samajwadi Party supporters at Jantar Mantar here, the JD(S) leader said that his hunger strike will continue till a discussion takes place on the issue of farmers’ suicide in Parliament.Asked about Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh’s reply in Parliament on farmers’ suicide, he said it was the worst statement made by the Agriculture Minister.”It is one of the worst statements made by the Agriculture Minister. It is unbecoming of the Agriculture Minister at the national level. I am so sorry, how Prime Minister Narendra Modi tolerated this type of statement,” Gowda said adding that it should be condemned. (ALSO READ: Emergency ‘worst decision’ taken by Indira Gandhi: H.D. Deve Gowda ) Also Read - PM Modi Discusses Production Linked Incentive Scheme With India Inc | Key Points

Stressing that it is the beginning of a struggle, he expressed concern over the death of thousands of farmers in the country.”In particular, 16 farmers are committing suicide in Karnataka everyday. Even today nine farmers died,” Gowda said,SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, CPI(M)leader Sitaram Yechury, JD(U) Sharad Yadav, CPI leader D Raja have extended their support to the hunger strike. Also Read - Code of Conduct: EC Asks Petrol Pumps to Remove Hoardings With PM Modi's Photos Within 72 Hours