Belagavi: One more farmer’s suicide rocks Karnataka legislature  

Belagavi : Suicide by a debt-ridden farmer and a similar attempt by another in Karnataka on Monday rocked the state legislature on the first day of the 10-day monsoon session in this northern city.


Even before the day’s proceedings began here in Belagavi, over 500 km from Bengaluru, news came from Mandya, about 100 km from the state capital, that 52-year-old farmer Basavaraju committed suicide as he was unable to pay back Rs.5 lakh he took as loan to grow sugarcane in his field, but did not receive money from a sugar mill for last year’s crop.

When news of another farmer, 34-year-old Siddaram, attempting to take his life near Suvarna Soudha where the session is being held, broke out, opposition lawmakers in the legislative council urged Chairman D.S. Shankaranmurthy to suspend the question hour and allow a discussion on suicides by farmers in the state in the last 10 days.

Leader of Opposition in the council and BJP lawmaker K. Eshwarappa urged the Congress government to pay arrears to farmers by auctioning sugar the cooperation department had seized from sugar mills and prevent debt-ridden farmers from committing suicide.

In the assembly too, opposition lawmakers of the BJP and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) staged a demonstration near the speaker’s podium over the plight of sugarcane growers and blamed the state government for forcing farmers to commit suicide.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said a number of factors, including drop in sugar prices, increase in cultivation area and refusal by sugar mills in clearing arrears had resulted in the present crisis.

“Sugar production across the state has shot up to 49 lakh tonnes this year from 16 lakh tonnes in 2008-09 as the area of cane cultivation doubled to 6.7 hectares of land. Excess production has led to price decline and export prospects are bleak as price in overseas market is also down,” the chief minister said replying to the opposition charges of neglecting farmers.




  1. Sad state of politics!! Neither ruling party, nor the opposition has real solution to the problem of excess production. Instead, they are engaged in theatrics to make themselves relevant again!!

    • PyareLal Rampu,

      On the ‘Lalitgate’ issue, you have been as economical with words as your Emperor in the monogrammed suit. Ditto with the Pankaja Munde scam. And now with over 25 witnesses in the Vyapam case dropping dead (incl. some 20-36 year old’s dying of allegedly myocardial infarctions) the BJP home minister of the state of MP has gone on record to say people die all the time – whether in Tihar or outside! He also went on to so – whoever is born has to die one day. It is Mrityuloka.

      Isn’t it funny that this statement was issued by an 85+ year old chap called Babulala Gaura Yadava (born in 1930). Isn’t it ironic to note that this Yadava is still doing fine at 85 while the accused/witnesses are toppling like 9 pins?

      What does Mrityunjaya Rampa have to say to the latest DEVELOPMENTS taking place in Bharatha? Of course, true to the emperor’s diktats, all these developments are a result of MAKE IN INDIA. 🙂

      • Joker Praveena Pinto,
        I’ve already said what I think of this guy – Lalit Modi. He needs to be kicked out of UK and sent back to India. Ever since his student days, he was a troublemaker. Vasu Raje and Sushma Swaraaj are questionable characters to begin with. I never had any good opinion on these two. Even Jaitly ended up embarrassing himself with his recent foolish comments. Unlike you, I am against all corruption. By the way, why are you and other self-haters so afraid to comment on ‘cartoon’ controversy? Is it because of the awkward alliance you guys have with peaceful folks to target your common enemy – sanaathana folks, RSS and Modiji ? smiles…

        • Dear Original Duplicate, if you still insist that you are against corruption and if you sincerely want IPL Modi kicked out from England and to be sent back to India by the UK, then PM Modi must first kick out from his cabinet his foreign minister Sushma Swaraj. For, she has asked the UK government to help this fugitive to go to Portugal! Her husband is IPL MOdi’s legal advisor for 20 years, her daughter is IPL Modi’s advocate for seven years and Sushma Swaraj is helping the black money stashing delinquent. PM Modi is not taking any action against his cabinet minister aiding and abetting 4000 crore black money stashing IPL Modi, nor is he taking any action against Modi! PM Modi did not even prefer to file an appeal against the order setting aside the confiscation of IPL Modi’s passport by Congress Government. Is this the way to bring back the black money? Actually, Vasundhara Raje and many in the RSS and BJP are in the Political Pay-role of criminal Modi!

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