Bengaluru: Rahul visits farmers in suicide-hit Karnataka district

Bengaluru, Oct 9 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday visited the family of a debt-ridden farmer who committed suicide in Karnataka’s Mandya and consoled the bereaved family, a party official said.

6.CM-visited-suicide-farmers-residence-along-with-Rahul-Gandhi-in-Mandya 7.CM-visited-suicide-farmers-residence-along-with-Rahul-Gandhi-in-Mandya 8.CM-visited-suicide-farmers-residence-along-with-Rahul-Gandhi-in-Mandya

“It is an unfortunate coincidence that one more farmer committed suicide on a day Rahul was visiting us to interact with families of farmers who committed suicide during the last three months in the district,” a party member told IANS from Mandya, 100 km from here.

Gandhi, who is on a two-visit to Karnataka, flew by a helicopter to Mandya after landing at the Bengaluru airport on a Jet Airways flight from New Delhi with party general secretary Digvijay Singh and others.

“When Rahul learnt about the death of the farmer (Lokesh) at Sanabada Koppalu in Pandavapura taluk of this district on reaching Mandya, he rushed to his house, consoled the family and issued a cheque of Rs.1 lakh to his widow,” the party leader said.

Taking help of Chief Minister Siddaramahiah in translating his words into Kannada, Gandhi assured the family that the state government would come to its rescue and look after its welfare.

Sensing the gravity of the issue and farmers’ ire over the state government’s failure to address their woes arising out of debts, arrears from sugar mills, unremunerative prices to their crops and drought due to deficit rains, Gandhi discussed a relief package to them with a group of ministers and state party leaders at the zonal agriculture research centre (VC farm) on outskirts of Mandya.

Besides Siddaramaiah, state unit president G. Parameshwara and former chief minister and external affairs minister S.M. Krishna, who hails from Mandya district, Housing Minister Ambarish and Agriculture Minister J. Byre Gowda participated in the meeting.

“A relief package to farmers is likely to be announced by Rahul at a party meeting in Haveri on Saturday after consultations with the chief minister and officials,” the party member hinted.

Even as Gandhi was discussing the farmers’ issues, state farmers’ body (Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene) members demonstrated on the state highway between Bengaluru and Mysuru against the state government’s “anti-farmers” policies.

Returning to Bengaluru in the evening, Gandhi addressed the recently-elected about 3,000 gram panchayat members from across the state at the palace grounds on relief works in 24 of the 30 districts reeling under drought and power crisis.

2 Comments

  1. Why are Siddu, ambareesha, DeeKeShi, Parameshwara and others are acting so badly as if they care about poor ? The very first pic in this report is priceless!! LOL Isn’t it interesting to see this unknown individual blames state govts if Congress is not in power. However, in karnataka, he blames Central govt and hands over Rs.1 lakh check ? Well, another sign of third-world politics!!

    • Original R.Pai SHAMELESSLY CALLS INDIAN POLITICS AS “third-world politics!!”

      HE PRETENDS NOT TO KNOW THAT MODI’S INDIA HAS BECOME A ‘BANAANA REPUBLIC’, WHERE THE RSS GOONS CAN KILL MINORITIES ALLEGING THE MUTTON THEY ATE WAS BEEF!!!

      PAIMAAM, DON’T YOU FEEL ASHAMED?

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here