Reacting to former Member of Parliament (MP) Jyotiraditya Scindia’s criticism of his government’s farmer loan waiver scheme, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, on Saturday, stated that the people trusted "their leader" to keep his promise. Conceding that only Rs 50,000 had been waived off in the first instalment, he committed to waiving off the remaining amount in the due course of time.
MP CM on Jyotiraditya Scindia's remark,'loans of only Rs 50,000 have been waived off': He is right.We had said we'll waive off Rs 50,000 in first installment. Next we will waive off upto Rs 2 lakh. I agree that it was a promise of Rs 2 lakh. I believe public trusts their leader. pic.twitter.com/PfKVCXVrPo— ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2019
Scindia has been at loggerheads with the Madhya Pradesh CM since missing out on the CM's post after the Congress won the Assembly elections in December 2018. Recently, he castigated the state government for not implementing the loan waiver scheme in a proper manner. He also lamented the lack of healthcare facilities in each district. Similarly, senior leader Digvijaya Singh's brother Laxman Singh asked former Congress president Rahul Gandhi to apologise for not keeping the loan waiver promise.
At a gathering in Bhind, Scindia said, "The second thing is that the loan waiver has not been provided. Only 50,000 of the 2 lakh rupees promised as a loan waiver have been provided. The loan waiver should be given to the farmers. We had promised it."
In May 2019, Republic TV revealed that the promise of a loan waiver was far from being implemented in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh. Some of the Congress Members of Legislative Assembly had revealed in private conversations about how the farmers had been duped, just for getting votes. According to the Republic’s investigation, the State government had increased the burden on the farmers in the state.