NDA to offer zero-interest loans to farmers: Gadkari
Terming the UPA government as "enemy of farmers", the BJP president said that if the NDA came to power after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, farmers would be given zero-interest loans.bhopal Updated: Jul 15, 2012 21:18 IST
BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said that if the NDA came to power after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, farmers would be given zero-interest loans.
Addressing 'Atal Kisan Mahapanchayat' (mega-gathering of farmers) organised by BJP in Bhopal, Gadkari said BJP government in Madhya Pradesh had already decided to give zero-interest loans to farmers, with (retrospective) effect from April 1 this year, and "I do not see any reason why this cannot be emulated at the Centre if the NDA comes to power."
Terming the UPA government as "enemy of farmers", he said it was incapable of taking any pro-farmers decision.
Gadkari praised chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the fact that state had clocked 18% growth in agriculture, saying it was unparallelled in the country.
Under Chouhan's leadership, the state was shedding its 'BIMARU' tag, he said.
The purpose of Mahapanchayat was to felicitate the chief minister for his decision to give zero-interest loans to farmers, and to ask the Centre to roll back the hike in fertiliser prices, Gadkari said.
Speaking on this occasion, Chouhan too criticised the hike in fertiliser prices. If the hike was not reversed, BJP would intensify its agitation, he said.
Apart from Gadkari, party general secretary Ananth Kumar, former BJP president Rajnath Singh, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and general secretaries Narendra Singh Tomar and Thawar Chand Gehlot were present.
Meanwhile, Congress leader and leader of opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh, dismissed the claim that Chouhan government was pro-farmers.
Nearly 5,000 farmers had committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh in the last three years, Ajay alleged in a statement in Bhopal.
He also sought to know who had really benefited by the soft loans made available to farmers by the BJP government.
Promises made at the earlier two Mahapanchayats had not been fulfilled, he said.
Ajay also claimed that MP was the only state which had imposed VAT on agricultural implements.