NEW DELHI: The death of farmer Gajendra Singh has raised several questions on all sectors including the Central government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, state government headed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and media.
While Kejriwal has accepted his mistake and apologized for the same, the family of the deceased is not convinced by either an apology or the compensation offered by the government.
Gajendra Singh who committed suicide on Wednesday in full public view during a rally headed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal has shocked the nation. Gajendra’s father, Banne Singh has refused to accept the apology from the Delhi CM for continuing his speech at the rally even after the incident.
“If something happens to his son, I will also go and just apologize. Will an ‘apology’ bring my son back? All of this chaos is a fraud. Amid such a big incident, he is only apologizing. How is he going to run the government? Gajendra has left three small kids behind, who will take care of them? Asked Banne Singh while speaking to a news agency.
In the mean time, Gajendra Singh’s uncle, Gopal Singh stated that his family would obviously be not able to take action against those in power.
“If Arvind Kejriwal is apologizing, then it obvious that something wrong happened. We do not have the power to take any action against those who are responsible for it. He claims of not seeing Gajendra on the tree due to big banners, but I am certain that there were other members of his party who were also present there who would have seen him climbing the tree. Why did not they stop him”? Gajendra’s uncle said.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Friday apologized for not ending his rally and accepted that continuing his speech even after the incident was a ‘mistake’.
“I had to deliver a speech of an hour but I winded it up in 10-15 minutes and I believe that was a mistake. I probably should not have spoken after that. If it has hurt anyone’s sentiments, I would like to sincerely apologize,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal who is under massive fire for the way he handled the situation that has now turned into a massive controversy also slammed the Opposition parties and media claiming that the debate had turned away from the ‘real issue’ of the farmer’s plight.
“I am guilty. Blame me. I feel the rally should have been cancelled. But please focus on the real issue of the farmers and desist from politicking. Whoever is guilty, hang him but the focus of the debate should be on why the farmers are committing suicide,” Kejriwal said.