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  • Hardik Patel breaks his indefinite hunger strike after 19 days; no negotiation in sight

    Ahmedabad: Quota spearhead Hardik Patel ended his indefinite fast Wednesday after 19 days, even as there were no talks between him and the Gujarat government over the leader’s demands for reservation to Patidars and farm loan waiver. Hardik broke the fast by having lemonade from the hands of Patidar community leaders Naresh Patel and C K Patel. After ending his fast, the quota leader said, “The fight

  • Finally, Gujarat government steps in as Hardik Patel’s fast enters 11th day

    Ahmedabad: As doctors expressed concern over the health of Hardik Patel, the Gujarat government Tuesday stepped up its efforts to persuade the Patidar leader to end his indefinite hunger strike which entered eleventh day. Hardik had launched his fast on August 25 for demands, including farm loan waiver and reservation for the Patidar community under OBC category in government jobs and education sector.

  • Congress will waive farm loan within 10 days, if voted to power in MP: Rahul Gandhi

    Mandsaur: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said if his party is voted to power in Madhya Pradesh, it would waive farmers’ loans in 10 days. Addressing a rally here, Gandhi questioned the delay in filing a probe report into the death of seven farmers in police firing a year ago, alleging that the BJP government in the state had failed to provide security to farmers and

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    Kumaraswamy promises farm loan waiver in 15 days

    Bengaluru: Saving farmers is the priority of his government, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said today, as he promised to honour his commitment to waive farm loans within 15 days and insisted there was “no going back” on it. Kumaraswamy, under attack from the BJP over the alleged delay in fulfilling his pre-poll assurance to the farming community, met representatives of farmers groups and progressive peasants to discuss the


    BJP bandh in Karnataka evokes dull response

    Bengaluru: The opposition BJP’s appeal to farmers and the public to “voluntarily observe a bandh” across   Karnataka today to protest the alleged failure of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to keep up his farm loan waiver promise, got off to a dull start.

  • Maharashtra: Additional 4 lakh farmers to get benefit of loan waiver

    Mumbai: The state cabinet fulfilled demand of Maharashtra Kisan Sabha to include farmers between 2001 to 2009 in the loan waiver scheme. It will benefit an additional 4 lakh farmers. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, the cabinet has decided to include farmers who were not included in loan waiver scheme in 2008 scheme of the Union government and in state government’s 2008 loan waiver scheme.

  • Maharashtra Kisan March: Farmers brave heat, blisters, during march

    Thane: Walking barefoot on the heated road in the scorching summer, the famers have demanded what is ‘right’ for them at the Assembly of Maharashtra. Braving the heat, these lakhs of farmers started on March 6, from Nashik reached Thane on Saturday night. The red workers had halted at Thane’s octroi yard and started their journey for Mumbai on Sunday afternoon. Assembled under the umbrella of Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha, the farmers, daily

  • Maharashtra budget session: Congress to target govt over farmers’ issues

    Mumbai: The main opposition party in the state, Congress, as its political strategy, has decided to take on the government over agrarian crisis, blunders in loan waiver scheme and the corruption in Urban Development (UD) department in the forthcoming budget session scheduled from February 26. In the meeting between party leaders it was decided, instead of stalling the work of the House, the Congress leaders will participate in the proceedings and target

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    Farm loan waiver is out of CM Devendra Fadnavis’ reach, says NCP leader Dhananjay Munde

    Mumbai: Opposition leader Dhananjay Munde while criticising chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said, announcement and implementation of farmers loan waiver is very difficult task and it is beyond capacity of Fadnavis. Munde is on tour of North Maharashtra addressing Halla Bol rally. In Satana city of Nasik district people have installed digital hoarding stating ‘It was our mistake of voting to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014’.

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    Maharashtra: Sharad Pawar slams BJP for opposing farm loan waiver

    Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar took a dig at the BJP on Sunday, saying its government at the Centre had funds for recapitalisation of banks, but was unwilling to support the farm loan waiver announced by its government in Maharashtra.

  • Maharashtra legislature’s winter session to begin from today

    Nagpur: Over a dozen new bills are likely to be tabled in both Houses of the Maharashtra legislature in the winter session beginning here from tomorrow. The opposition parties are expected to corner the BJP- led government on a host of issues, including the farm loan waiver.

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    Mumbai: At least 10 lakh bank accounts of farmers are fake, says Chandrakant Patil

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil today said at least 10 lakh bank accounts of farmers are fake and will not get any benefit of the loan waiver. The minister further claimed that most of these accounts were earlier opened by banks or credit societies for siphoning off the loan amount.

  • Yogi Adityanath to handover loan-waiver certificates to farmers in Allahabad

    Allahabad: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will visit Allahabad and handover loan redemption certificates to the farmers, today. More than 11,000 farmers will receive the loan-waiver certificates. Adityanath will also lay the foundation for the construction of the Ardh Kumbh in Allahabad, which is to be held in 2019.