Amravati: Team Anna member Arvind
Kejriwal has said corruption is one the major factors behind
farmer suicides in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, and the Jan
Lokpal Bill will bring relief to the distressed peasants.
"Despite whooping amounts sanctioned by the government
to curb suicides in the region, it is not reaching the needy
farmers because of corruption," Kejriwal, who was here to
address a public meeting organized by People for India Forum
at Shivaji BPEd College, told reporters last evening.
Farmers are not getting proper price for their cotton;
the prices have been kept low deliberately, its all happening
because of corruption, he said.
Kejriwal said he was not claiming that all agrarian
crises will end after introduction of Jan lokpal bill, "but it
will definitely give some relief to distressed farmers. I can
assure that farmers will not commit suicides."
On the Nagpur incident, he accused the media of spread
"false stories" about the programme, even though it was held
"When I learnt that some people waived black flags I
requested volunteers to call those people who`re demonstrating
at the venue but when our volunteers reached there, police had
nabbed them. Those people are also part of our country and I
wanted to talk to them but before that police rounded them
up," Kejriwal said.
He appealed to the media to exercise refrain or else it
spoils the atmosphere.
Speaking about the controversial blog and Raju
Parulekar`s claim that Anna wanted to remove Kejriwal and
others from the team, he said: "I don`t know why Raju made
this statement. There are no differences between Anna and me.
Only he (Raju) can explain better (about the issue)."