Maharashtra: Sena leader Kishore Tiwari sacked for inviting PM to visit dead farmer’s family

Tiwari had shot off a letter to Modi highlighting how a debt-hit farmer from Pune had wished 'Happy Birthday' to the PM and then jumped to his death into a pond

AgenciesUpdated: Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 10:58 AM IST
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Shiv Sena leader and farmers' rights activist Kishore Tiwari | ANI

Mumbai: In a bizarre development, the Maharashtra government has sacked the president of Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission (VNSSM) chairman and Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari for inviting PM Narendra Modi to visit the family of a farmer who committed suicide last week.

The surprise move came late on Monday, barely hours after Tiwari had shot off a letter to Modi highlighting how a debt-hit farmer from Pune had wished 'Happy Birthday' to the PM and then jumped to his death into a pond on September 17.

The body of 42-year-old farmer Dashrath L. Kedari, who penned the greetings to the PM in a suicide note -- narrating his plight due to debts and other issues -- was later recovered.

Tiwari, a noted farmers' rights activist, further asked the prime minister to address the core issues of rural economic crisis and agrarian plight by controlling input cost, proper marketing intervention and sustainable minimum support price (MSP), easy credit from public banks at the doorstep of debt-ridden farmers, change in crop pattern to fulfil the needs and stop the import of oilseed, pulses and food items.

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