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Pilot demands loan waiver for Raj farmers

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

State chief Sachin Pilot today demanded a loan waiver from the governments at the Centre and the state for farmers in on the lines of and Maharashtra.

"If the can waive loans of farmers in and Maharashtra, then why cannot loans of farmers in be waived," he asked at a gathering in Sikar district's Krishi Upaj Mandi today.

Pilot accused the of cashing on votes of farmers by promising them the "sky".

The has neglected farmers after coming to power and adversities have forced farmers to commit suicide, he alleged.

"The in has been a disappointment and this is pushing farmers towards misery. The wrong policies of the BJP governments are responsible for the plight of farmers," the state chief said.

Pilot claimed under the BJP rule, "61 farmers have committed suicide and in every 41 minutes a farmer is forced to take extreme step".

"The BJP has always blamed it on the But, the reality is, there is no one in the BJP to understand the pains of farmers. The BJP has only misused farmers for its own benefit," he said.

Congress secretary and state in-charge Avinash Pandey said his party through protests will corner the government and force it to understand the plight of farmers and provide them relief.

State Congress spokesperson Archana Sharma said the district committees have presented a memorandum to the chief minister through district collectors on behalf of farmers.

Demands such as loan waiver, increase in MSP and bonus, and subsidy for livestock breeders among others have been raised, she said.

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

First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 20:08 IST