Lok Sabha Election 2019

Stalin amends manifesto, promises crop loan waiver for all farmers

M.K. Stalin

M.K. Stalin   | Photo Credit: M. Moorthy

Assures protected agricultural zone status for delta region

Hitting the campaign trail in Tiruvarur, DMK president M.K. Stalin on Wednesday promised that his party, when voted to power, would write off crop loans of all farmers, and not restrict the waiver to small and marginal farmers as proposed in the party manifesto for the Assembly bypoll.

Canvassing for votes in support of Poondi Kalaivanan, the DMK candidate for the bypoll to the Tiruvarur Assembly constituency, and M. Selvarasu, the CPI candidate for the Nagapattinam Lok Sabha seat, Mr. Stalin said the waiver outlined in the manifesto released on Tuesday would be expanded to cover all farmers.

“Soon after the manifesto was released, a few leaders of alliance parties, including CPI State secretary R. Mutharasan, and farmers felt that the loan waiver should be extended to all farmers. I instructed the committee, which prepared the manifesto, to immediately effect the change,” he said. The DMK always stood by farmers and pointed out that former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had waived ₹7,000 crore of crop loans in 2006.

Mr. Stalin said the DMK would take steps to get the delta region declared as a protected agricultural zone.

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