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Hanuman Beniwal demands complete loan waiver, free electricity for farmers

The independent MLA criticised the ruling party for the partial loan waiver, saying that even the loan waiver had many conditions and so it was not benefitting most farmers.

jaipur Updated: Jun 10, 2018 22:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
MLA Hanuman Beniwal addresses a rally in Sikar on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Independent legislator from Khimsar, Hanuman Beniwal on Sunday called for complete loan waiver and free electricity for farmers, saying that waving off loan of ₹50,000 for small and marginal farmers, was an eyewash.

Addressing a rally at the district stadium in Sikar, Beniwal said, “Participation of farmers and youths in large number in the rally shows that the people in the state want a change.”

“The farmers need to unite to fight for their rights and it is up to the youth to take up the responsibility for change,” he said.

Beniwal also raised a number of demands, including making the state free from toll booths, doubling the minimum support price, and jobs for local youngsters in the industrial units being set up across the state.

The independent MLA criticised the ruling party for the partial loan waiver, saying that even the loan waiver had many conditions and so it was not benefitting most farmers.

“Rolling out red carpet for industrialists will not make a resurgent Rajasthan, but making farmers happy will result in a resurgent Rajasthan,” he said.

Beniwal attacked chief minister Raje, saying that she is trying to spread casteism through her actions and policies.

The poison of casteism has spread in Rajasthan after 2003, he said.

“Both the Congress and the BJP have not fulfilled the aspirations of the people and both are corrupt but try to shield each other as Rajasthan throws up BJP and Congress governments alternately.”

Beniwal said he will soon make an announcement about the formation of a third front in Rajasthan.

Sikar has been an epicenter of farmers’ agitation in the state. For the last two years, agriculture in the Shekhawati region has been deteriorating.

In September 2017, the CPI-M affiliated All India Kisan Sabha leader Amra Ram led a big farmers’ agitation that paralysed life in Sikar and forced the state government to agree to waive off loans for small farmers, along with some other demands.

First Published: Jun 10, 2018 22:27 IST