BSP chief Mayawati urges govt to waive farmers’ loans in view of demonetisation

15 December 2016, 09:59 PM
A file photo Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati (Getty Image/File)
A file photo Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati (Getty Image/File)

Farmers and labourers were the worst hit due to demonetisation, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati alleged on Thursday and asked the government to waive off farm loans and deposit the black money recovered by it into the accounts of the poor.

Launching a fresh attack on the Modi government on demonetisation, she said that 37 days after demonetisation people continue to suffer and the poor farmers have no money to sow their crops and labourers have been forced to return to their native places in the absence of work.

“Farmers and the labourers are the worst affected due to government’s decision of demonetisation. The labour have been forced to return to their native places in the absence of any work and farmers are unable to sow their crops in the absence of money.

“Since the Modi government claims to have collected huge amount of money from its drive against black money, the government should deposit the money collected into the accounts of the poor, waive off farm loans and stop feeding the rich businessmen,” she told reporters outside Parliament.

Accusing the Prime Minister of taking the demonetisation decision only keeping Uttar Pradesh elections in mind, Mayawati said it will backfire in the upcoming polls and people of Uttar Pradesh will teach BJP a lesson.

“We have been against black money and corruption from the very beginning, but the Central government took this decision without any planning, keeping in mind UP elections and not black money,” she said.

She also questioned the sources from where new motor cycles were purchased by BJP for use in campaigning in the upcoming elections and said that the people of UP will not be lured and will ensure BJP’s defeat.

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First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2016 09:54 PM
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