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Criticise us but grant loan waiver to farmers: Congress to CM Fadnavis

Opposition parties, including Congress and NCP, have been holding protests seeking farm loan waivers

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Criticise us but grant loan waiver to farmers: Congress to CM Fadnavis

The on Sunday said it didn't mind their criticism by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, provided that he announces a for farmers in the state.

"The chief minister has used shameful words against the Opposition's 'Sangharsh Yatra' (the campaign for the loan waiver). We do not mind if he uses even more derogatory language against us, but we want the CM to announce a to help farmers," Congress' state unit president said in a statement issued in Maharashtra.

He stated that Maharashtra has a glorious history of respecting the Opposition parties and that no chief minister in the last 57 years has made such remarks before.

The opposition parties, including the and the Nationalist Party (NCP), have been holding protests seeking waiving of loans of farmers in the state.

Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President last week said that though the government was not against the waiver but it is of the view that such a measure might not work in the long term.

Chavan claimed that over 9,000 farmers have committed suicide in the last two-and-a-half years in the state as they are not receiving adequate money for their produce.

"Tur producing farmers are standing in queues for getting their produce sold to the government. You had yourself promised these farmers that the government will not shut down procurement centres till all produce has been sold," he stated.

Fadnavis, in his concluding speech at the state executive in Pimpri near Pune last week, said, "those who are responsible for the farmers' sorry condition are now holding a yatra (campaign) today. This cannot be a 'Sangharsha Yatra' because they themselves are responsible for farmers' sangharsha (struggle)."

The chief minister said the 'yatra' was not evoking response because the farmers know that the opposition leaders, who were part of the previous government, were responsible for their plight.

He said the will counter the 'Sangharsha Yatra' with 'Samvaad Yatra' (communication drive) wherein the party workers will reach to common people and make them aware about welfare policies of the stare government.

First Published: Mon, May 01 2017. 03:00 IST