Nath waives farmers’ loan up to Rs 2 lakh, fulfils Rahul’s poll promise
As three newly-elected Congress Chief Ministers took oath of office on Monday in back-to-back ceremonies, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath announced a major gift for the debt-ridden farmers of the State. Loans of up to Rs 2 lakh of the farmers will be waived with Nath signing a file to the effect within two hours of taking charge. The move follows a promise by Congress president Rahul Gandhi during the poll campaign.
After Nath signed on the file pertaining to waiving off farmers’ loans of up to Rs 2 lakh, Principal Secretary, Farmers’ Welfare and Agriculture Development Department, Rajesh Rajora issued the loan waiver order.
The order said: Madhya Pradesh Government has taken a decision to write off short-term crop loan of eligible farmers up to the limit of Rs 2 lakh, as on March 31, 2018, from nationalised and cooperative banks. The promise of loan waiver is top priority for the three newly-elected Congress Government. On Sunday, ahead of his oath-taking ceremony Ashok Gehlot had said that as promised by Rahul Gandhi his Government would act on loan waiver promise with 10 days of Cabinet formation.
A host of Opposition leaders attended the three oath-taking ceremonies of Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath and Bhupesh Baghel as Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh respectively on Monday.
However, BSP chief Mayawati, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were conspicuous by their absence.
While Congress president Rahul Gandhi attended all the three events, other prominent Opposition leaders who attended the events were former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh, HD Deve Gowda, Chief Ministers of few States including Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, former Union Ministers Sharad Yadav and Sharad Pawar amongst others.
The absence of the Mamata, Mayawati and Akhilesh is significant because all three also skipped the unveiling of late DMK patriarch Karunanidhi’s statute in Chennai on Tuesday. A section of the Opposition is unhappy over the fact that DMK chief Stalin suggested the name of Rahul Gandhi as Prime Minister at the rally in Chennai on Tuesday.
Former CMs and Uttar Pradesh rivals Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati who too were extended the invitations for the swearing-in skipped it though both of them have supported the Congress in the Hindi heartland States.
Gehlot, Nath and Baghel’s predecessors — Vasundhara Raje, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh — also attended the swearing-in ceremonies at Jaipur, Bhopal and Raipur, accordingly.
Besides Shivraj Singh Chouhan, former CMs of the State Kailash Joshi and Babulal Gaur were also present on the stage.
Other prominent leaders who made it to celebrate the Congress’ return to power in Jaipur and a few of them in Bhopal included MK Stalin, Kanimozhi (DMK), Tejashwi Yadav (RJD), Dinesh Trivedi (AITC), Hemant Soren (JMM), Jiten Ram Manjhi (HAM), Babu Lal Marandi (JVM), PK Kunhalikutti (IUML), Badrudin Ajmal (AIUDF), Raju Shetty (Swabhimani Paksha), Sanjay Singh (AAP), Jose K Mani (KCM) and NK Premchandran (RSP).
Rahul shared photographs from the swearing-in ceremony and of a bus in Jaipur in which top Opposition leaders were seen sitting with him.