Criticise us but grant loan waiver to farmers: Ashok Chavan

Vastavam web: The Congress today said it didn’t mind their criticism by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, provided that he announces a loan waiver 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 loan waiver to help farmers,” Congress’ state unit president Ashok Chavan said in a statement issued here.

The opposition parties, including the Congress and NCP, have been holding protests seeking waiving of loans of farmers in the state.Maharashtra unit BJP president Raosaheb Danve 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.

“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 BJP 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),” he had said.