Farmers, AAP leaders, workers held for protesting against govt
Mansa – Hundreds of farmers and AAP activists showed black flags and raised slogans to mark their protest on Sunday at the grain market in Mansa as Punjab government began a farm debt waiver scheme for a section of marginal, debt-ridden farmers in the state. Various agitating farmers and AAP leaders including the Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira and five among his colleagues in the legislative assembly were also detained from different locations in the district. But they were all released an hour after the conclusion of the CM function. The farmers, who held the protest under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), termed the scheme as a non-starter. They said the Congress, which had promised complete debt waiver for farmers, had gone back on its promise to waive off the debt of cooperative and commercial banks, money-lenders and financial institutions. “The loan waiver announced by the state government is all fake. It is peanuts compared the the mammoth debt of farmers. We will not accept this waiver,” BKU farmer Kirpal Singh said. Punjab Police and district authorities did not allow the protesting farmers to reach the venue of the loan waiver event. Meanwhile, Khaira and Aam Aadmi Party co-president for Punjab Aman Arora also sat on the road but they were lifted by the cops tolet the traffic continue. “This exercise of loan waiver is a complete sham. The farmers of Punjab have been cheated in the name of waiving off their debt. We have cheques of Rs 7, Rs 10, Rs 12 anda lew hundred rupees being issued to farmers. Is this the loan waiver that the Congress promised?” Khaira asked.
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