RJD MLA Dinesh Kumar Singh, who is on a hunger strike for the third day today threatened self immolation on Independence Day if Bihar government did not declare drought in the state to help farmers tide over the problems due to scarcity in rainfall. "I will immolate myself on August 15 if drought is not declared in the state by tomorrow. I am fighting for farmers who are being ruined due to scarce rainfall. They have been unable to sow paddy this season, but the state government is not worried about them," Singh told PTI.
Singh, who is the MLA of Jagdishpur constituency in Bhojpur district of Bihar, is on a hunger strike since Monday in support of his demand. The police had forcibly admitted him to Patna Medical College and Hospital the day he launched his fast outside the Chief Minister's official residence in the state capital. Singh has refused to end his agitation.
"Bihar's economy is dependent on agriculture, but the state government is not bothered about irrigation. The farmers are crying. Their families are staring at a ruined future and prospects of hunger," he said. The RJD MLA accused the government of not taking sincere steps to mitigate the situation despite knowing that there was a crisis like situation with regard to irrigation in the state. He claimed that a majority of tubewells in Bihar were not functional. These could have helped farmers had they been repaired in time. It showed the callousness and irresponsibility of the government towards agriculture and farmers, he said adding the farmers would not be able to sow their crop even if there is heavy rainfall.