HD Kumaraswamy buys 15 days for farmers loan waiver, tries to 'fix' Rahul Gandhi over the issue
Bengaluru,30 May(HS):HD Kumaraswamy,JDS-Congress Chief Minister today made an attempt to win over the farming community by seeking 15 more days to take a decision in the vexed farmers loan waiver scheme.He also submitted that he would also appraise the problem to Rahul Gandhi,Congress President in order to take his concurrence before taking any decision.The chief minister had called a meeting of representatives of all farmers associations in the 30 districts in Vidhana Soudha to take their suggestions with regard to the issue of waiver of loans.
It may be recalled here that the Janata Dal Secular had promised to waive off all farm loans in its manifesto and HD Kumaraswamy,state party president had gone one step ahead by pronouncing that he would waive all loans including one's borrowed from the nationalized banks as well within 24 hours of assuming office or will throw the resignation letter and exit.
With a mere strength of 37 party legislators the JDS is heavily dependent upon the 77 member strong Indian National Congress party to make a living first before taking any major decision benefiting the farmers across the state.
So its quite but natural that HD Kumaraswamy is trying to find as many valid reasons as possible to drag a resolution over the subject.For instance he claimed today:I am committed to waiving off all loans of farmers.Let there be no doubt on the subject.But you also need to cooperate with me as I am running an alliance government.
He also gave reasons like: Rahul Gandhi is a great person.He has given me an opportunity to become the chief minister although the people never gave me an verdict to govern.The farmers loans waiver issue also needs to be brought to his notice before arriving at any conclusion.
Dr G Parameshwar,Deputy Chief Minister and KPCC President was also found sitting besides the CM as the lone Congress representative.But his presence was more formal with less of impact as it was HD Kumaraswamy who literally stole the show by claiming:May be our's is an alliance party government.But we are committed for the betterment of farmers at large and let there be no doubt on this factor.
By and large Dr G Parameshwar appeared to be a mute spectator but for giving his comments when invited to do so.On the other hand HD Kumaraswamy also made an attempt to confuse the peasant community by asserting: I need your valuable opinion on whether coffee planters,officials and politicians of the state who have borrowed to the tune of crores together in the name of farm loans should also be waived?
He also hinted of enhancing the budgetary outlay to the extent of around 2,00,000 crores in order to waive the farmers loan to the proportion of 55,000 crores. BS Yeddyurappa,state BJP president soon after the meeting got over lambasted the chief minister for failing to keep up his promise.He also declared: The BJP legislature party will soon meet to continue its movement for pressing the state government to waive farmers loan.
Probably HD Kumaraswamy had never thought that he may have to literally take a decision on farm loans in this way.But now he's no escape as the BJP is doing all possible to denigrate him as much as possible.In fact the farm loans waiver issue has become like 'hot ghee',difficult to gulp nor spit out.