“We are often told by the opposition parties that there are rampant farmer suicides in the country but I would like to inform you that there have been BJP governments in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the last 15 years and the number of farmers committing suicides in these states has been very low. Suicides by farmers have mainly due to depression and personal issues,” Shah told the mediapersons at a press conference in Davanagere city.
The BJP president also claimed that the “farmer-friendly” schemes launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been “crucial for ensuring a better future for farmers”.
“Recently, PM Modi announced the decision to provide the MSP (Minimum Support Price) which shall be one and a half times the input cost for any agricultural produce for both rabi and kharif crops. No government since India’s independence dared to take such a decision,” claimed Shah.
Remarking on the condition of farmers in BJP-ruled Maharashtra, Shah said suicides by farmers in that state have reduced by 30 per cent ever since the BJP came to power.
“Wherever there is a Congress-ruled government, the number of farmer suicides increases, and in whichever state ruled by the BJP, the number of farmer suicides decreases,” claimed BJP president.