New Delhi, Dec 1: In the presence of prominent opposition leaders, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday pledged the entire opposition's solidarity with farmers and declared that "farm loans will be waived off even if it required changing the Prime Minister"."We all are with you. Be it changing laws or changing the Prime Minister, we will do everything that is required to ensure your loans are waived off. If any government insults the farmers, then it has to be uprooted and that is going to happen," Gandhi said. Led by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), thousands of farmers reached Parliament Street in the heart of the city demanding a special session of Parliament to clear bills to waive off farm loans and a guarantee for remunerative prices for farm commodities based on the recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission.Addressing the rally, Gandhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had turned out to be the voice of only his "industrialist cronies". "When 3.5 lakh crore of loans of the biggest industrialists of the nation can be waived off by the Modi government, then the loans of millions of farmers will also have to be waived off," thundered Gandhi. A host of opposition leaders including Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference's Farooq Abdullah, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Trinamool Congress' Dinesh Trivedi and Loktantrik Janata Dal's Sharad Yadav participated in the rally and extended their support to the farmers. "All the leaders present here have different political ideology, but when it comes to the farmers and youths, we all stand united. "The voice that is reverberating now across the country is of the farmers who are in deep distress and crisis. Gandhi attacked Modi for crony capitalism, particularity in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France. Sharad Yadav held the Modi government responsible for "over three lakh farmer suicides" in the country in the last four and a half years. He called upon the people to dethrone the "anti-farmer government" led by Modi.Flaying the BJP government for the acute agrarian crisis in the country, Yechury likened Modi to a "pocketmaar" (pickpocket) and accused him of "looting the poor".
The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre's crop insurance scheme as a "fraud" and demanded that it be scrapped."Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It's a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014," Kejriwal said.Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.Reminding the BJP's promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise. "They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can't implement it. There can't be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back," he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections. Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce. "They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won't demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers' produce at appropriate price."He blasted the government's crop insurance scheme. "This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP's 'kisan daka yojna' (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers."The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. "If you can't worry for farmers, go and take votes from Ambanis and Adanis. Don't go to the farmers seeking their vote," he said.