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Advani's yatra enters Vidarbha; seeks probe in farmers' suicides

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Nagpur, Apr 20 (UNI) Senior BJP leader L K Advani today demanded a probe by a joint-parliamentary committee into the cases of suicide by farmers in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

While entering the Vidarbha region of the State today at Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district as a part of his ongoing 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra', Mr Advani expressed concern over suicide being committed by debt-ridden farmers, especially in Yavatmal.

He met the families of three farmers--Subhas Mamidwar, Sanjay Chedewar and Shyamrao Maratwar--who committed suicide in Sunna village of the district after being unable to bear the debt burden.

Addressing the mediapersons at Sunna village, Mr Advani demanded the constitution of a joint-parliamentary committee in the next Parliament session, to probe thoroughly cases of suicide by farmers in Maharashtra and AP.

To a poser, he said he would also direct his party activists to collect factual information on suicide cases of farmers.

During his yatra in Vidarbha, the former Deputy Prime Minister would address public meetings at various places on the proposed routes at Wardha, Bhandara and Nagpur. After the night halt in Nagpur, he would proceed to Bhandara from where his yatra would enter Rajnanagaon in Chhattisgarh tomorrow.

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