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Pujari criticizes Maharathy for ‘false’ report on farmer’s suicide




 Senior BJP leader Suresh Pujari today slammed Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy for his statement on the suicide of a farmer in Bargarh district in State Assembly yesterday saying Maharathy furnished ‘false’ report on the incident.

       Party national Secretary Suresh Pujari came down heavily on Maharathy for what he alleged presenting false report in the Assembly on Bargarh farmer Hadu Bagarti’s suicide.

Pujari said it is indeed unfortunate that Agriculture minister presented a false data in the House even without conducting a probe.
“Terming Khainu Bagarty’s suicide as a result of a domestic quarrel by the Agriculture Minister is untruth, unfortunate, distasteful and disgraceful”, the BJP leader added.
He also asserted that the Agriculture Minister did not send a single official to the village of Bagarti to probe the case.
“Not a single government official from top to bottom visited Bargati’s house,” he told reporters.
However, the Agriculture Minister told reporters that his statement in the Assembly was based on the report of the Bargarh District Magistrate.
“My statement was based on the report from the District Magistrate in the suicide case,” Maharathy added.
Meanwhile, Bargarh Collector claimed that he had directed the Tehsildar, Revenue Inspector and Agriculture Officer to probe and send the report.
Bagarti’s wife and daughter-in-law also alleged before reporters that no official visited them to find the cause of the suicide. Bagarty was under tremendous tension due to crop failure, they told reporters.
Notably, Maharathy had informed the State Assembly yesterday that family dispute not loan burden drove the farmer to end his life. The minister also had denied allegations over lack of irrigation facilities that led to crop loss in Bagarti’s land.
Meanwhile, BJP Krushak Morcha has threatened to stage demonstrations at all district headquarters on March 7 to protest Maharathy’s statement in the Assembly.
Morcha president Shivaji Mohanty said party activists will burn effigies of the Agriculture Minister during the agitation.
 





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