Bhopal: Criticising both the Centre as well the BJP-led state government for being unfriendly to the interests of farmers, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) said that at least 22,000 farmers have committed suicide since the BJP came to power in the state.

Addressing media persons here on Monday, the national general secretary of BKS, Prabhakar Kelkar said both the governments have failed to meet our expectations. The farmers will stage a protest in the national capital on November 25 to highlight their problems and submit a memorandum containing suggestions on amendments in the land acquisition to the Central government, he added. 

Although India is an agricultural country, the condition of farmers here is the worst, he said, adding the data with National Crime Record bureau reveal that between 2003 and 2010 about 1,35,756 farmers have committed suicide.

Of this, maximum farmers belonged to Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, he said, while adding that during this period 22,000 farmers from the state have committed suicide.

In order to project a clear picture on farmers’ suicide issue, the state and the Central governments should issue a white paper, he said, adding “Around 75 percent of farmers are trapped in the hands of landlords and under the pressure of loans they are committing suicides.”

Besides, the corporate are also hatching the plot to occupy the lands of farmers, he said, suggesting if the government makes a farmer-friendly loan system the situation can be managed in a better way.