Grossly neglecting the real cause behind farmer suicides, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rameshwar Sharma on Sunday said that farmers who were committing suicide were not real farmers at all.

The Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA was addressing a question about the rise in the number of farmer suicides when he said, “I have seen many rich people die but I have never seen any real farmer die. A true farmer only struggles. The ones who die are those who feed on subsidy in the name of agriculture.”

Rameshwar further went on to say that businessmen and politicians were exploiting the profession of agriculture.

With Uttar Pradesh elections currently under process, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has repeatedly targeted the BJP for failing to waive the loans of farmers in Uttar Pradesh.