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President Pratibha Patil takes credit for farm loan waiver

In a move that is likely to raise hackles of the Congress top brass, a presidential aide recently credited UPA government’s farm loan waiver to President Pratibha Patil.

Secretary to the President Christy Fernandez recently said that Patil was keenly interested in the welfare of farmers and she was one of the prime movers of the idea of the farm loan waiver. He was speaking at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday.

The fact that farm debt waiver, centerpiece of UPA’s ‘aam aadmi’ campaign, is being claimed by the President as her own will not go down well with the party.

However, Congress spokes-person Manish Tiwari’s carefully worded statement did not let this on. Tiwari said, “A large number of people who operate in public spaces were distressed about the plight of farmers. At some level, the expression of distress found congruence in the thinking of various constitutional and executive functionaries of government. It is an expression of the collective sensitivity which constitutional authorities and the political class have for farmers of India.”

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