As many as 3,228 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra in 2015 and according to recent survey, over 200 farmers have committed suicide only in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra in the first three months of 2017 due to lack of money, drought etc.
But recently a bizarre comment is being heard on farmers suicide issue, An independent MLA from Maharashtra Bacchu Kadu sparked controversy by dragging Lok Sabha MP Hema Malini into the row. In the controversial statement, the MLA made a statement that the former Bollywood actress Hema Malini drinks daily, but she hasn’t committed suicide. His comments were recorded as, “If drinking alcohol is the reason for farmer suicide then there are many actors who drink daily. Doesn’t Hema Malini drink too? Why hasn’t she committed suicide?” he asked.
His comments were recorded as, “If drinking alcohol is the reason for farmer suicide then there are many actors who drink daily. Doesn’t Hema Malini drink too? Why hasn’t she committed suicide?”
But later when a leading daily contacted, Mr Kadu to confirm, he said, he had indeed addressed Ms. Malini as an example. He added that he was referring to the statements made by some people from the government that alcohol is the reason why farmers are committing suicide and in the context to that Kadu replied back, that how can these government officials blame alcohol for farmer suicides, there are actors who drink too and have not committed suicide and dismissing claims that alcoholism was responsible for farmers suicide.
This is an absolutely bizarre statement made by the MLA Bachu Kadu in such a sensitive issue.
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