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If BJP-ruled Maha, UP can give waiver, why can't MP: Scindia

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

leader today said if BJP-ruled and can announce farm loan waivers why the party-ruled cannot do this.

Scindia, sitting on a 72-hour satyagraha since yesterday in support of farmers, also criticised the state's for not taking any action against those who fired at the farmers in Mandsaur last week, killing five of them.

Following protests by cultivators in Maharashtra, the Devendra Fadnavis-led on Sunday announced a loan- waiver for farmers and decided to form a committee to work out the debt-relief criteria.

The Yogi Adityanath-led in had also recently announced a loan-waiver of Rs 36,359 crore for small and marginal farmers in the state.

"When the governments in and have announced to waive farm loans, why the same party's regime in has been shying away from announcing the same," Scindia told reporters during his ongoing 'satyagraha' at TT Nagar's Dussehra Maidan here.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had made several promises to make farming a beneficial venture with slogans like 'Abki Bar Kisano Ki Sarkar".

"The prime minister made a series of promises to make farming a profitable venture during election campaign. Now, the Centre is saying the state governments will have to arrange funds for loan waiver on their own and that the Centre government would not extend any help," he said.

The Centre is not budging despite the fact that nearly 12,000 farmers are committing suicide every year, Scindia, the chief whip in Lok Sabha, claimed.

He also hit out at the government for not taking action those who fired at the farmers in Mandsaur.

"Ten days after the farmer killings in Mandsaur, the state government has not taken any action against the guilty. The government has failed to inform who ordered the firing on farmers. They can't say anything because the farmers were killed on the orders of the state government," Scindia said.

He said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is now trying to "mollify" the families of the farmers killed by giving them a compensation of Rs 1 crore, jobs to the kin, among others.

The leader also said that the onion purchase by the state government has also been marred by mismanagement.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 16:07 IST