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He told presspersons here on Wednesday that the suicide by farmers was a result of the Government's fixation to develop urban areas at the cost of the rural people in the last four years.
On an average, nearly five farmers were committing suicide in the State every day and the Government was yet to come forth with a practical solution.
Among others present at the news conference were the former Ministers, H.T. Krishnappa and B.B. Ningaiah, the former Chairman of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, T. Prabhakar, the former Chairman of the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, D.S. Srikantamurthy, and the party leader, Irfanulla Shariff.
Mr. Sindhia said rather than ameliorating the sufferings of farmers, the Chief Minister had fielded the Home Minister, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, to level allegations against the Opposition parties fighting for the cause of farmers.
"The Home Minister has obviously been attempting to discharge the new responsibility with zeal and has been speaking on the political mileage that the Opposition parties were seeking out of the drought situation.
"All his attempts were largely aimed at diverting the attention of the affected people,'' Mr. Sindhia said.
He said while the district in-charge Ministers were not present in their headquarters, the bureaucracy owing to the poor administrative control exerted by the Ministers had become overbearing.
"The Development Commissioner, Vijay Gore, has said that suicide by farmers is, by and large, aimed at claiming compensation paid by the Government," he said.
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