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Modi ‘s silence on loan waiver after cheating the farmers

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Rahul Gandhi Mandsaur

India is in a chaotic situation where farmers are being killed in addition to their suicides for demanding loan waivers through a peaceful protest  as BJP-ruled state of Madhya Pradesh resorted to violently crush their agitation by deploying police force and riots police.

Another dimension to the farmers debt problem is Centre’s flat  refusal to grant any funds to the affected states for waiving of the farmers loans. When Modi became the Prime Minister of India, he loudly spoke for safeguarding the farmers interest. But numerous farmers committed suicide with three years of Modi’s rule and ironically he  again gave assurance to farmers in Uttar Pradesh of waiving their debt if they voted him and his BJP party to power. Uttar Pradesh, which is the largest state in India and has not been under BJP’s rule for more than 10 years, now voted for BJP after it split the Samajwadi party through Amar Singh. Uttar Pradesh is the first state this year to announce a whopping Rs 36,359 crore farm debt waiver for small and marginal farmers.

But Uttar Pradesh election scenario initiated and motivated the farmers of other BJP ruled states for seeking loan waivers  and this brought to the fore the simmering resentment of farmers in other states that ultimately burst in June 2017 in Mandusar in Madhya Pradesh.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan Drunk with power deployed police and Rapid Action Force  to quell the farmers protest in which five farmers were killed. When the state government action was hugely criticised by Opposition, Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a bizarre and a dramatic manner began an indefinite fast for BRINGING PEACE to the spoilt situation. Rather, Chouhan  and the Central government blamed the Opposition for “politicising” the agitation by farmers.

Though agriculture is a State subject, the fact, whether one likes it or not, is that it is identified more with the Centre in the eyes of the farmer. With grandstanding from the Parliament by successive finance ministers in their budget speeches with mighty allocations for agriculture, irrigation and so on, and promises such as that made by none less than Modi himself in pre-election rallies in UP of farm loan waivers, the Centre, willy-nilly, is seen as the last resort by the Indian farmer. There is no point in now attempting to shift the onus on to States. Anyway, the States in turmoil now are all ruled by the BJP, and by extension Modi, in the eyes of the farmer.

Modi government which persistently supports for protection of human rights, has now  out rightly rejected to provide funds for farmers who are engaged in this un remunerative profession  of agriculture.

Modi’s declarations for increase  in income of farmers now shows a variation in his pitch or tone of voice as farmers in Mandsaur in MP  are beig subjected to killing by  police and rapid action force for demanding their remunerativeprices for their agriculture produce and increase in their incomes keeping in view their input costs.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Union government will not partake in states’ fiscal leverage in waiving farm loans and made it clear that the cost has to be borne by them.The stance of the central government assumes significance against the backdrop of farm debt waiver announced by Maharashtra government even as the country has already witnessed violent protests from farmers in Madhya Pradesh a few days back, demanding a debt relief.

It is therefore pertinent to say that Bharatiya Janata Party is in a habit of cheating farmers by first promising them of loan waivers  and then turning their backs at the time when their demands are to be fulfilled. BJP is always ready to take votes from the farmers but during the fulfilment of their promise , Finance Minister states  that no funds will be allotted from Centre coffers while PM Modi maintains absolute silence on the farmers unrest .

Adding to their agonies, PM Modi ask farmers to opt for crop insurance and Finance minister is looking for reforms to tax even the agriculturist. PM Modi suddenly comes out with his astonishing theory that crores of Rupees are in Jan Dhan accounts meaning that farmers have enough money to sustain and they are in no need of loan waivers.

The resentment is spreading across the country and will adversely affect the political calculations of BJP.it is therefore advised That BJP should safeguard the interests of the farmers as all states come under the supervision of the Prime Minister and at the time of any eventuality the Centre is bound to provide all assistance to the farmers in the shape of loan waivers or granting them interest free loans.

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By : Arti Bali

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BJP treads cautious, unleash ‘3 musketeers’ to check out Pilot’s claim

With Gehlot releasing photos, flashing victory sign and his camp claiming there were 107 MLAs, BJP thinks its caution paid off.

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As Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday flexed muscles during the Congress Legislature Party meeting, throwing the show open to media claiming around 100 MLAs still in his fold, sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party claimed, they too took Sachin Pilot’s assertion of “more than 30 MLAs” support” with a pinch of salt.

This is why no top BJP leaders met Pilot and instead deputed three BJP intermediaries to “keep a close watch” on the developments. Sources say, the three leaders are BJP General Secretary Bhupender Yadav, Pilots”s former colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia and BJP MP Om Mathur.

While BJP officially maintains that there has been no meeting between BJP leaders and Pilot and sources in BJP claim nor any have been scheduled, Yadav”s role is believed to keep BJP top brass “apprised” of the “developing situation”.

The choice of Yadav may surprise some, given he is incharge of Bihar and Gujarat. However, he hails from the desert state and knows the state”s politics very well.

The second choice was obvious — Jyotiraditya Scindia. While there has been no official confirmation of a meeting between him and Pilot, sources confirmed to IANS that the two had a detailed telephone conversation on Sunday, even as the sulking Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister remained “incommunicado” for the best part of the day to his party colleagues.

Sources who could not confirm what the two leaders — Pilot and Scindia — spoke about, added, “The two have worked together for years. But ever since Scindia joined the BJP along with his supporters, both Pilot and Scindia have been in regular telephonic contact.”

Late on Sunday, after they spoke over phone, Pilot asserted that he will skip Sunday morning”s legislature party meeting and openly announced that the Ashok Gehlot-led government in the state has been reduced to a minority government.

The third BJP leader who was entrusted with the job of “getting a sense” of things in the Gehlot-Pilot face-off, was BJP”s National Vice President and Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan — Om Mathur. Sources indicate that Pilot and Mathur met on Sunday. However, there has been no official confirmation of the same.

Mathur, who on Sunday attacked Congress leader Kapil Sibal saying it”s natural for anyone to look for greener pastures, without naming Pilot, tried to distance BJP from the Rajasthan political crisis on Monday morning. Mathur said: “It is unfair for the Congress party to blame its internal problems on the BJP. The Congress should rather keep its house in order.”

Senior BJP sources say, the party top brass were skeptical of the claim of more than 30 MLAs supporting Pilot. In fact, the job of the three BJP leaders was to get a sense of the authenticity of the claim. If BJP sources are to be believed, the party top brass decided against meeting Pilot unless convinced that he indeed has the numbers on his side.

With Gehlot releasing photos, flashing victory sign and his camp claiming there were 107 MLAs, BJP thinks its caution paid off.

With just 18 MLAs staying off the CLP meeting, Congress seems to have decided not to negotiate any further while BJP distanced itself from the political row. Reports of Priyanka Gandhi pitching in to find a middle path was also reported. With Pilot still dodging camera and microphones, the picture is yet to become clear.

(Anindya Banerjee can be contacted at [email protected])

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GenNext leaders leaving party worrying sign for Congress

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New Delhi, July 13 : After Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot may be the next high-profile leader to leave the Congress unceremoniously at a time when the party is grappling to save its image and the government in Rajasthan, even as Congress observer Randeep Surjewala made a high-pitch appeal to Pilot to return to the party fold.

According to sources, Congress leaders have been asked to go soft on Pilot as the party wants to retain him.

Former Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam said, “The party doesn”t suffer if a person leaves, but if one by one everybody starts to leave, who will remain in the party? The prime responsibility of the party leadership is to resolve the differences between the leaders.”

Not just Scindia, who led a successful revolt against Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh in Madhya Pradesh by jumping ship to the BJP, now Pilot too seems to be mounting pressure on Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Before Pilot, former Haryana Pradesh Congress chief Ashok Tanwar had announced his resignation from the party in October last year after being denied ticket in the Assembly polls. He even protested against the party at 10, Janpath but his grievances were not heard.

Tanwar, who was the party President in Haryana, was removed after pressure from former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Talking on the current crisis in the party, Tanwar said senior leaders don”t want young leaders to grow and sabotage their endeavours.

Tanwar, who is yet to join any party, said his political journey is on and he will take a decision at an appropriate time.

Scindia”s revolt led to the fall of the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. After being sidelined by Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh and with the party high command not paying heed to his demands, Scindia joined hands with the BJP and is now an elected Rajya Sabha MP of the party. Chances are that he may soon be inducted into the Union Cabinet.

What”s common between Tanwar, Scindia and Pilot is that they have all been close to Rahul Gandhi. While Tanwar and Pilot were made state Presidents, the latter lost the CM”s race against Gehlot. Similarly, Scindia lost the race for the Chief Minister”s post to Kamal Nath.

There are worrying signs in the Congress, especially after former Union Minister Kapil Sibal said that he was worried for the party.

While senior party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi hoped that an amicable solution will be reached soon, nothing of that sort has happened so far. Pilot seems to be adamant and the trigger for his revolt seems to have come after the SOG sent a notice to Pilot in a sedition case.

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Rajasthan crisis: The story of a nose-diving Pilot and soaring Gehlot!

Pilot stood like a wall between Gehlot and his men and hence, it was expected that he will be shunted out as Rajasthan PCC chief.

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Jaipur, July 12 : The greed of Ashok Gehlot to keep his power intact and the hunger of Sachin Pilot to stay strong in the larger picture is the reason for the tussle which triggered the Congress crisis in Rajasthan.

Since the Congress party formed its government in Rajasthan, there were two power circles created, one being led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and other by Sachin Pilot.

While Congress stands at 101, the BJP and its alliance with RLD had 75 MLAs. Looking at the thin strength, Gehlot played his magic and brought 13 independents under his fold. Later, 6 BSP MLAs merged with Congress.

Surprisingly, Pilot, despite being PCC chief, was kept out and was informed about the developments the next day via the media. This was just the beginning. The files of his department (PWD) were sent back by Finance (under Gehlot) quoting reasons for fund crisis.

Even the ministers of his camp were facing challenges and were receiving back files from bureaucrats quoting “Please Discuss”.

During the Covid crisis, Gehlot was busy calling video conferences with health and other departments, however, Pilot was never part of the meetings.

Pilot camp sources said that the Deputy CM wanted the entire Congress team on ground, however, Gehlot was more interested in making his larger picture and hence centralised the operations during corona.

Even on his father Rajesh Pilot”s death anniversary on June 11, when Pilot and team was about to go to Dausa to pay floral tributes, the police officials called Pilot and asked him to stay away from visiting Dausa as section 144 was imposed in the town in the wake of covid-19.

“They were busy holding meetings, camping in Marriott to prevent MLA poaching, but Pilot was intentionally stopped from visiting Dausa as it could have been his show of strength as many MLAs wanted to visit there,” said an MLA from Pilot”s team. Even the home department is looked after by Gehlot.

Further, the challenge started appearing grave when Pilot wanted Congress grassroots workers to get tickets for ensuing panchayat and corporation polls while Gehlot wanted to favour his closest. Also for political appointments, the CM wanted the BSP and independent MLAs to get plum posts while Pilot wanted them to be kept for Congress workers.

Pilot stood like a wall between Gehlot and his men and hence, it was expected that he will be shunted out as Rajasthan PCC chief.

“However, Pilot wanted to continue his term as PCC chief but was not interested in reading files as minister. The deadlock continued and when he was defamed many times by Gehlot camp in one or the other way, he then decided to bring in the high command into the picture and show his strength and that”s why this is happening now,” said a source.

It”s more like a door-die situation for Pilot but hopefully the Congress high command wakes up from its slumber said a PCC worker who told IANS that the party seems to be crumbling in the state with the deadlock. “We look dead and if things don”t improve, our party will be declared dead.”

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