New Delhi: Ahead of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis' rally, a debt-ridden farmer committed suicide in Buldhana district.
The 38-year-old farmer, Raju Talware, was wearing a BJP promotional t-shirt when he hung himself from a tree.
Incidentally, Fadnavis is in the east Maharashtra city where he is scheduled to address three rallies during the day for the October 21 Assembly polls.
Buldhana has often made the news for the drastic increase in the number of farmer deaths. According to a report earlier this year, it ranked third among the six most affected districts in the eastern region of Vidharbha with over 315 farmer suicides.
Police said Talware was found hanging at around 11 am at his residence in Khatkhed in Shegaon taluka, part of Jalgaon (Jamod) Assembly seat.
"He was wearing a BJP T-shirt with the caption 'punha aaluya aaple sarkar' (let's bring our government to power again)," said an official.
Maharashtra labour minister Sanjay Kutte is the BJP candidate and sitting MLA from Jalgaon (Jamod) Assembly seat.
"It is believed that Talware had run up debts. The truth will be known after a detailed probe. We have registered a case," said an official from Shegaon rural police station.
While the BJP-Shiv Sena have expressed confidence that they would return to power with an emphatic win, opposition Congress and NCP have been centring their attack on the government by claiming that 16,000 farmers have committed suicide in the last five years.
Earlier on Saturday, Fadnavis had raked up the issues of farmer suicides in the state while criticising NCP chief Sharad Pawar. "Farmer suicides are the sin of Sharad Pawar and his government in Maharashtra when farmers started committing suicides," he had said in a rally Vidarbha.
Fadnavis will be addressing rallies in Jalgaon, Buldhana and Mumbai on Sunday.
(With inputs from PTI)