Waive farmers’ loans: BJP to Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

The BJP is, meanwhile, questioning the Karnataka government’s reluctance to waive loans, as was done in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Published:June 7, 2017 1:56 am
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The leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party in the Karnataka Assembly has dared Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to emulate BJP Chief Ministers in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra by waiving the loans of state farmers.

Speaking in the Assembly on Tuesday, BJP leader Jagadish Shettar threatened to launch an agitation in the state if the Congress government failed to announce a loan waiver for farmers.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was widely expected to announce a loan waiver for farmers in his budget in April — the last full budget before the 2018 polls in the state — but did not do so. There is speculation that the Congress could announce a loan waiver ahead of the polls.

The BJP is, meanwhile, questioning the Karnataka government’s reluctance to waive loans, as was done in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. “Why is our Chief Minister, who is in office for a fifth year now, not doing what has been done by the CMs of UP and Maharashtra?” Shettar asked the CM in the Assembly on Tuesday.

The BJP governments in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have waived farm loans to the tune of Rs 36,000 crore and 30,000 crore, respectively, on their own, Shettar said.

“BJP leaders are studying the situation of farmers in the state. Everywhere people are demanding waiver of farm loans. If the government fails to announce a waiver, we will stage a protest,” he said.

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  1. I
    Indian
    Jun 7, 2017 at 8:39 am
    Indian citizens and voters should not continue to be s further by believing in politicians . All violences for public life is created by politicians who are in opposition and not in power. In this case BJP is opposition and congress in power therefore this drama of fighting for farmers. Same BJP is in power in Maharashtra where NCP and congress fighting for farmers . Intension is same create tension and violence in society that is all .
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