A week after farmers from different regions of the country staged an agitation in Delhi raising several demands, comprising a loan waiver, BJP KisanMorcha’s national president and Bhadohi MP Virendra Singh Mast Thursday said that a loan waiver was not a final solution for the farming community. Mast also accused the opposition parties of misguiding farmers and proposed dialogue with the farmer leaders to resolve the matters of the farming community.
While BJP-headed governments in different states have implemented a loan waiver for farmers in the past and the Congress in its poll manifesto in different poll-bound states has also promised a loan waiver for farmers, Mast stated that steps should be taken for a permanent solution.
Talking to the media a day before elections in Rajasthan and Telangana, Mast said a discussion on farmers’ issues would be taken up in the upcoming session of Parliament and he would take up genuine demands of the farmers with the government.
Mast claimed that he invited the leaders of various farmers’ organizations for a discussion when they took out a march in Delhi last week but the meeting could not happen. “I am again saying that I am open for discussion on all matters faced by farmers and will take up their genuine demands with the government,” the BJP MP said.
Mast accused the opposition parties of politicizing the matter for their own political interest and “using” the farmers to remain relevant. He claimed that the Narendra Modi government has taken more follow-ups for farmers than any other government since Independence.”Farmers and agriculture have always been the priority for the Modi government and BJP. The government comprises 52 percent of its total allocations in the budget to them,” Mast said.
He stated that the loan waiver can only provide temporary relief. Answering to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s promise of waiving farm loans if his party was voted to power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, Mast said that Rahul does not understand agriculture and was a “problem” for farmers.