Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal raked up Vijay Mallya issue while raising concerns about agrarian distress.
“There are several loopholes in our system. On one hand, Mallya ran away with a loan of Rs.9,000 crore, but on the other hand, a farmer has to commit suicide for a loan of just Rs.50,000-60,000.”
Farmers are committing suicide over loans. Huffington Post
While unveiling the statues of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru at Delhi, he added:
“When Mallya ran away with pending loans, the entire system was helpless before him. I don’t think that the independence Bhagat Singh envisaged has come in our country.”
Aam Adami Party (AAP), which is trying to unseat the SAD-BJP alliance in elections in Punjab due next year, claimed that farmers are committing suicide in the state.
“Recently, I visited Punjab where farmers are committing suicide. I was told that farmers were committing suicide because of non-payment of their loans taken for crops which were later damaged, ” Kejriwal said, adding that he also learnt that some farmers had committed suicide as they couldn’t bear excessive medical expenses.
Arvind Kejriwal with 106-yr old Naseem Mirza Changezi during the unveiling of statues of martyrs NDTV
Asserting that AAP won’t let poor people die because they cannot afford medical expenses, the minister said:
“The Delhi government has given the highest compensation to farmers for crop loss in the history of independent India. We gave Rs. 20,000 per acre compensation.”