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Farmers driven to commit suicide, protesters getting killed:

Press Trust of India  |  Kota (Rajasthan) 

Senior leader Sachin Pilot has said it is unfortunate that farmers are committing suicide in an agriculture-dominated country.

At a farmers' rally in Etawa town in Kota district, he blamed the agricultural policies of the governments at the Centre and in for the "worst" state of cultivators.

"Those who raise their voice are silenced with a gunshot," he said, apparently referring to the killing of five persons in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district during a farmers' agitation.

The condition at present is so bad that a farmer is committing suicide every 41 minutes, the chief claimed.

The has given the slogan of "sabka saath, sabka vikas" but has done nothing for farmers and agricultural growth. Cultivators are ending their lives due to the bad state of the agriculture sector, Pilot said.

He alleged that the considers farmers just a vote

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First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 13:42 IST