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Love affairs to blame for farmers' suicide: Agriculture Minister

India TV News Desk [ Updated: July 24, 2015 16:34 IST ]

Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh today shocked many when he informed Rajya Sabha that love affairs and impotency were among the causes  responsible for the suicide of more than 1400 farmers this year was.

The statement could give fresh ammo to opposition that has already cornered the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party over Lalitgate and Vyapam scam.

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha to a question asking what has caused the death of so many farmers in India, Singh said, "According to the National Crime Records Bureau, causes of (farmer) suicides include family problems, illness, drugs... dowry, love affairs and impotency."