It’s politics over farm loan waiver

Farm loan waiver continues to remain a burning issue as the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has embarked on a padayatra demanding complete waiver. The BJP observed a State-wide bandh on May 28 to put pressure on the government.

Farmers’ organisations have also been demanding waiver of all loans without delay. The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene has set a deadline of August 14 for the government to waive farm loans.

Chamarasa Malipatil, honorary president, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene, said that farmers had lost confidence in the government, which has completed 65 days in office. “Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has been issuing confusing statements on the issue on a daily basis,” he said.

Mr. Patil was equally critical of the BJP and said that the party had lost moral right to speak on farm loan waiver. The BJP, which came to power at the Centre with a promise of implementing the Dr. Swaminathan Committee recommendations, failed to keep its pledge, he said. In fact, it did not respond to the plea of Karnataka to share a portion of the burden of loan waiver. Farmers have understood the political arithmetic of BJP, he said.

Members of the Karnataka Rajya Kabbu Belegarara Sangha will meet on Sunday in Hubballi to chalk out a plan against the government. Sangha president Kuruburu Shanthakumar said that the BJP, on the other hand, was politicising the issue.

The Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha is demanding State Debt Relief Commission on the lines of the neighbouring Kerala government. “The government is worried about only rich farmers. Small and marginal farmers, who borrowed loans from moneylenders, have been left in the lurch,” said sangha leader G.C. Bayya Reddy.

Farmers have lost confidence in the government, which has completed 65 days in office. The Chief Minister has been issuing confusing statements on the issue dailyChamarasa MalipatilHonorary president, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene

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