Devendra Fadnavis plans to visit residence of farmer who committed suicide

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said that he plans to visit the kin of a 27-year-old Akola-based farmer Mangesh Umale, who committed suicide on Sunday.

PTI| Updated: Aug 10, 2015, 20:27 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said that he plans to visit the kin of a 27-year-old Akola-based farmer Mangesh Umale, who committed suicide on Sunday.

Umale, who ended his life due to debt and crop losses, had mentioned in his suicide note that he was an admirer of Fadnavis and he wished that Maharashtra Chief Minister would visit his house in Akola.

Meanwhile, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) hit out at the Maharashtra Chief Minister for the growing number of farmers' suicides in the state.

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that when Fadnavis was an opposition leader, he used to demand that Congress-NCP ministers must be booked under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code for farmers' suicides.

"The same section of the law should now be made applicable to Fadnavis, since he is the Maharashtra Chief Minister," he said.

Malik said that Fadnavis should stop his "stunts" of going on foreign tours and concentrate on improving the lives of Maharashtra's farmers instead.