Congress ups the ante on farmers' distress, to corner government in Parliament

During a crucial strategy meet in Parliament, Congress MPs decided that they will raise the issue of farmers' plight across the country.

Farm loan politics heats up with Congress party all set to raise the farmers' distress and farm loan waiver issue in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

An adjournment notice has been moved by party MPs in the Lok Sabha seeking a discussion on the entire issue. Some of the Congress' Lok Sabha MPs said that party's Vice President Rahul Gandhi asked them to go all out to raise the matter.

During a crucial strategy meet in Parliament, Congress MPs have decided that they will raise the issue of farmers' plight across the country.

"We will be raising farm loan waiver issue in the both the houses of Parliament. If they can waive off farm loan in UP, then why not in other states? After raising the matter in Parliament we will take the matter to the streets, particularly in various states," said Congress' Veerappa Moily.

"There are reports from across the country about farmers' suicide. We have been demanding a loan waiver for them. We will continue to raise it in both houses," said another senior Congress leader.

TWO-PRONGED ATTACK:

Congress is going to be reaching out to other opposition parties to launch an agitation in various states if the principal opposition party's MPs raise the matter in Parliament.

While the Tamil Nadu farmers are protesting at Jantar Mantar with skulls of the farmers who have committed suicide, Congress, DMK and left are demanding loan waiver for them.

On the other hand in Maharashtra, the Opposition- Congress, NCP, JDU, SP, MIM, Republic Party of India (Kanade) and Peasants and Workers Party - have launched a statewide 'Sangharsh Yatra' seeking loan waiver for farmers.

Meanwhile in Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has stated that not a single inch of farmers' land would be allowed to be confiscated.