Opposition trying to take credit for farm initiatives: Cong

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New Delhi, Feb 28 (UNI) The Congress today charged the BJP and other opposition parties with desperately trying to take the credit for the government's initiatives for the benefit of farmers that were expected in tomorrow's Budget.

The opposition stalling Parliament proceedings this week demanding a loan waiver scheme for the farmers was tantamount to shedding crocodile tears for the agriculture sector, AICC spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters.

In a bid to drive home his point, he quoted an Urdu proverb: ''Khoon lagaake shaheed bano'' (smear blood and claim martyrdom).

There was no need for the opposition to raise an uproar in Parliament on the issue as Finance Minister P Chidambaram had already made it clear that the focus of the Budget would be on farmers and education, Mr Ahmed said.

Instead of giving constructive suggestions for the Budget, the BJP was shying away from a debate on the farmers issue, he said.

The spokesman denied reports that the contents of the Budget had been selectively leaked out, describing them as ''unfounded allegation. There is no leak.'' Asked about the finalisation of the affidavit on the Sethusamudram issue by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA), he said the government's stand would be known only after it was filed with the Supreme Court. The party would be in a position to give its views only after this.

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