Terming Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu’s ” loan waiver has become a fashion now’ statement” as ‘unfortunate’, the Congress Party on Friday said that the former should apologise to the farmers.
Congress leader Tom Vadakkan questioned the ‘fashionable’ quotient when so many farmers were attempting suicides due to the burden of loans.
“Venkaiah Naidu’s utterances have become unfortunate. He is talking about farmers who are killed in cold-blood in Madhya Pradesh. What is fashionable about it? A waiver is saving the farmer, getting them back into the banking circle, into the economic situation. Venkaiah Naidu must apologise to the farmers on his statement,” Vadakkan told ANI.
Another Congress leader KTS Tulsi also maintained the same, saying it is not a matter of fashion when the poor people are taking their lives.
However, Naidu, who has already drawn flak for remark, defended his stance yesterday, while saying that he was referring to the approach of the political parties, who are not focussing on long term, but only short term problems.
Naidu further said that waiver has to be done in an extreme situation, but that cannot be a solution in the long term, adding that the government needs to focus more on infrastructure