Congress promises to waive all farm loans if voted to power in 2019, holds Centre responsible for unabated farmer suicides

New Delhi: Attacking the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government's alleged anti-farmer policy, the Congress on Tuesday said it would waive all farm loans if the party came to power at the Centre in 2019.

Party chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala claimed the government had waived loans of industrialists worth crores but didn't have the money to write off the loans of farmers.
He was addressing the All India Kishan Khet Mazdoor Congress' 'Jawab Do, Hisab Do' rally held here.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

"If the Congress assumes power at the Centre then our first major work will be to waive farmers' loan. (Party president) Rahul Gandhi has already announced this," Surjewala said. "Every 24 hours, twelve farmers commit suicide across the country. The Modi government is responsible for this plight of farmers," he said.

Alleging the present government was a friend of capitalists and the rich, he said farmers' distress had increased in the 53 months of Baratiya Janata Party (BJP) rule across the country.

"The minimum support price (MSP) of paddy is Rs 1,700 per quintal but farmers sell this in the market at Rs 1,250 to 1,300 per quintal. Farmers are compelled to sell their products for much lower than the production cost.The rising price of diesel also adds to it," Surjewala alleged.

Former Uttarkhand chief minister Harish Rawat claimed that due to the wrong agricultural policy of the government, farmers across the country had suffered and there was agricultural distress.

"Anyone visiting mandis will realise the loss suffered by farmers. They have no proper price in market for their products," Rawat said and appealed to farmers to oppose the BJP tooth and nail in the next Lok Sabha elections.

Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar said sugarcane farmers were the worst affected due to the government's policies.

Congress' farmer leader Nana Patole claimed that the loan waiver announcement by the BJP government in Maharashtra was a hoax.

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Updated Date: Oct 25, 2018 09:41:56 IST

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