Maha Assembly again witnesses uproar over farm loan waiver

Maha Assembly Uproar Over Farm Loan Waiver

Mumbai : The second day of the budget session of the state Assembly on Tuesday witnessed ruckus as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party accused the Uddhav government of “not fulfilling” the assurances made to farmers, and demanded a blanket loan waiver for all cultivators.

The state Assembly adjourned twice for 15 minutes each and subsequently for the day. Amid the noisy scenes, a bill was passed to reverse the previous government’s decision under which people directly elected the village sarpanch. Some other bills were also introduced and papers were tabled before the House was adjourned for the day.

The farmers’ issue also led to ruckus in the Legislative Council, where the BJP members criticised the state government’s farm loan waiver scheme.

Leader of Opposition in the Council Pravin Darekar demanded that the loan waiver issue be taken up on priority. Council Chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar asked Darekar to raise the issue separately, but the BJP leader refused to budge from his stand.

The BJP members Bhai Girkar and others also supported Darekar and demanded that the chairman allow a discussion on the farmers’ issue immediately. Nimbalkar then adjourned the House for half-an-hour.

As soon as both the Houses assembled for the day, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis said that he had given an adjournment notice for a discussion on farmers’ issues and rising crimes against women in the state.

“Rest of the business on the day’s agenda should be set aside and these issues should be taken up for discussion,” Devendra Fadnavis demanded. Devendra Fadnavis criticised the farm loan waiver announced by the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government, saying in two months only 15,000 farmers were its beneficiaries.

Devendra Fadnavis demanded that the government announce Rs 25,000 per hectare for farmers who suffered crop losses due to unseasonal rains and a blanket loan waiver for all farmers. Speaker Nana Patole said the farmers’ issue is important and the day’s business is also important. The issue of crimes against women is listed in the Calling Attention notice in the day’s business and a special discussion on women is scheduled on March 5, Nana Patole said.