New Delhi(web team): Opposition on Thursday closed ranks in Rajya Sabha seeking a CBI probe into the suicide of a farmer here yesterday and demanded a reply from none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the House.
"Both the central government and the government of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi are responsible for it," Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, raising the issue during Zero Hour.
He told Chairman Hamid Ansari that since leaders of a number of Opposition parties have given a notice to suspend Question Hour and take up a discussion on the issue, their demand should be accepted.
Gajendra Singh, a distressed farmer from Dausa in Rajasthan, committed suicide on Wednesday by hanging himself from a tree in full public view in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at an Aam Aadmi Party rally.
14:03 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
PM Modi says we should work together to find solution to farmer suicides
Addressing Lok Sabha over farmer Gajendra Singh's suicide, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Because of yesterday's incident, the grief in country has been expressed here, I also share this grief."
He further added, "We should work together to find solution to the farmer suicide. It (farmers' plight) is an old, deep-rooted problem. Government will accept all suggestions. Nothing is more valuable than human life."
Stating that there is nothing more important than the life of a farmer, Modi added, "Please give me suggestions, I will take it into account. Will not betray interests of farmers. We need to work together and therefore I welcome any suggestion."
13:33 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Union Minister Rajnath Singh makes statement in Parliament.
Speaking in the Parliament, Rajnath Singh said, "I offer my condolences to Gajendra Singh's family, also from Prime Minister and government. This matter shouldnt be politicised."
He further added, "This matter has been asked to be investigated by Crime Branch and have asked police to investigate it in a time-bound manner."
He further said, "We need to figure out what the cause of this is, that more than 60% population still relies on food security."
"No government will say it is anti-farmer. All governments will claim to be pro-farmers, " Rajnath added.
13:08 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Taking a dig at PM Modi, AAP leader Bhagwant Mann said the issues of farmers cant be solved by "mann ki baat".
13:15 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
I request political parties, sink difference and work together so that farmers are not in panic state
12:40 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
If the country has to flourish, we have to take care of the farmers, says Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh said
12:35 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 15 minutes
12:36 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Ghulam Nabi Azad demands a full day discussion; seeks a statement from the Prime Minister in Rajya Sabha
12:26 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Congress Leader Deepender S Hooda said, "Introspection needs to be done, why wasnt the farmer stopped? Why did the police not come forward?"
11:25 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Lok Sabha adjourns for over 30 minutes following Opposition uproar over a farmer's suicide in the national capital yesterday.
11:17 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Home Minister Rajnath Singh to make a statement in the House at 12 pm.
11:15 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Uproar in Lok Sabha. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallowed the suspension of the question hour. She said, "Will allow discussion at 12 noon. Till then the Home Minister will also be in the House."
11:10 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Parliament Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu speaks on farmer’s suicide in Parliament, says government ready for debate. don't politicise it
11:11 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Rajnath tells Delhi Police to complete probe soon
Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed that the probe into the farmer's death at an AAP rally be completed soon. Singh, who is likely to give a statement in Parliament on the issue, held a meeting with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and city Police Commissioner B S Bassi.
10:32 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Home Minister Rajnath Singh likely to make statement in both the houses of parliament.
10:29 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
LG Najeeb Jung and Police commissioner BS Bassi arrive in Parliament to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Gajendra Singh suicide case.
10:18 IST Thursday, 23 April 2015
Congress gives notice for adjournment motion in Lok Sabha on the issue of farmer's suicide in Delhi.