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Was referring to 'fashion' of parties seeking loan waiver: Naidu

Under attack for his remark that seeking agriculture loan waiver has become a "fashion", Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today clarified that he was referring to the "fashion of political parties" competing with each other to ask for debt relief.

"Today, it is the fashion of political parties to ask for loan waiver. When I was talking in Mumbai (earlier today), I was referring to the approach of political parties which are competing with each other, asking for waiver of loans," Naidu told reporters here.

Stating that waiver of farm loans alone was not the solution to farmers' distress, Naidu said it could be a temporarily solution, that too in distress or extreme situations.

Naidu said the political parties should focus on "long- term solutions" such as improving infrastructure, rural roads, assured power supply, provisions of cold storage and godowns and providing affordable and timely cheap credit to farmers, besides providing market facilities for their produce.
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