In the grief stricken world of drought hit farmlands of Andhra Pradesh, there has been one more suicide by a tobacco farmer who wrote a trenchant letter to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu before committing suicide asking him about his priorities. In his letter, the farmer questioned Naidu’s decision to spend Rs 5.5 crore on a luxury bus instead of protecting farmers. The farmer warned the CM that farmers were under extreme pressure and were being forced to end their lives.The tobacco farmer, Venkateshwara Rao, belonged to West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
The farmer was struggling to pay off loans of Rs 22 lakh and took his life on Monday. He had written to Naidu a week before, and he allegedly committed suicide after he didn’t get a response from the chief minister.Reacting to the incident, the Chief Minister said that though his government had done a lot for the farmers, he could not compromise on his security.
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