Gajendra Singh: All you need to know about the man who committed suicide at AAP rally; he was not just a ‘farmer’

| Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 13:32
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Gajendra Singh: He was not just a 'farmer'

NEW DELHI: Gajendra Singh who committed suicide in full public view and at Aam Aadmi Party’s rally at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday has stirred the Parliament and invited political blame game. (Also Read: Protest over farmer’s suicide at AAP rally: Issue rocks Parliament)

A resident of Dausa district in Rajasthan, Gajendra Singh is getting his identity as just another farmer almost everywhere. (Also Read: AAP Rally Live: Blame game begins over Jantar Mantar incident)

But the depressed farmer was certainly not just a farmer. Here is all you need to know about the man who succumbed to the circumstances he was living in. (Also Read: AAP Kisan Rally: Farmer from Rajasthan hangs himself)

  • Gajendra Singh was an active social and political worker.
  • He fought Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha elections in the past.
  • He was energetically involved in politics in his younger days with his uncle Gopal Singh Nangal who in the past had been a village head and a sarpanch.
  • Gajendra Singh started his political career with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He participated in party’s local events and even aimed at contesting elections for the saffron party.
  • When could not get a ticket in BJP, in 2003, he joined Samajwadi Party.
  • After he fought the elections, Gajendra Singh faced a defeat against Alka Singh of BJP.
  • Singh continued to stay in politics and was a member of the Mulayam Singh’s party till 2013 in spite of his loss.
  • With a hope of getting a ticket to contest the Vidhan Sabha polls again, in 2013, Gajendra Singh switched parties and joined Congress.
  • After a failed response, Singh then joined the AAP.
  • Reports suggest that Singh was going through family issues and was even asked to leave his home.
  • In his suicide note, Singh hinted towards the internal issues in his family and mentioned that he had been thrown out of his home and his father had disowned him.
  • Gajendra Singh was upset that there was a wedding in his family and he was not a part of it.
  • Singh was running a turban business. In the past, the late farmer tied turbans to  several Indian and foreign dignitaries including US president Bill Clinton, Nepal president Parmanand, BJP leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Murli Manohar Joshi and several others.
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