“There are many people who have been destroyed due to demonetisation and GST. I do not want to live anymore. I have consumed poison.”
Prakash Pandey, a businessman who poisoned himself during the janata darbar at Uttarakhand BJP’s office, passed away on Tuesday.
Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed his condolences and said that his government had tried to provide Pandey better medical treatment. Pandey was undergoing treatment in Max Hospital, Dehradun.
Transport trader Prakash Pandey had reached the janata darbar of Agriculture Minister Subodh Uniyal that was held at the state BJP headquarters on January 6.
He complained that demonetisation and the GST brought in by the BJP government had devastated his business and added to his debt. “I have been troubled by this government, I have become debtor after the ban on notes and GST.”
“For the past five years, I have been trying to narrate my problems to the government, but the chief minister is not of any use ... he does not listen to anyone,” he further said.Pandey concluded by saying, “There are many people who have been destroyed due to demonetisation and GST.
I do not want to live anymore. I have consumed poison". He had also told that he had been associated with the BJP for a long time.
As soon as he told the minister and others present on the stage that he had consumed poison, there was a stir.
Pandey was taken to a nearby hospital in the minister's vehicle, from where he was moved to Max Hospital after his condition deteriorated.
On receiving information about the incident, many leaders visited the hospital to check on Pandey, who lived in Kathgodam, Nainital.
Pandey had also written many letters to the Prime Minister's Office and Chief Minister of Uttarakhand about his problems before, but he did not get any relief.