Ruling and Opposition benches wrest it out on Motion of Thanks

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New Delhi, Mar 4 (UNI) The ruling Congress claimed credit for Rs 60,000-crore farm loan waiver even as the Opposition sought to puncture the claims picking up holes in the proposal during the debate on the Motion of Thanks on President's Address which is expected to conclude tonight.

Supporting the Motion in the Lok Sabha, Mr Adhir Chodhary, Congress, said Finance Minister P Chidambaram's debt waiver reflects genuine concern for 60 per cent rural population of the country. Mr Anant Geete, (Shiv Sena), while supporting the motion, dug holes into the debt waiver scheme which seem to do very little for the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra which virtually turned into killer fields, witnessing hundreds of suicides in the last few years. The limit of two hectares for waiver of loans should be raised to 5 hectares, he demanded.

In the Upper House Arun Jaitley's strong attack on the Congress and its polity certainly stole the show explaining how the ruling coalition had demeaned the Constitutional institutions in pursuance of its vote bank politics without a thought at the losses that it could cause to the national security, economy, and the polity.

The nation requires determined leadership and decisive governance and the UPA has proved it is not able to deliver, he argued.

The two Houses are likely to conclude the debate and the Prime Minister is expected to reply to the discussions that have taken for the last two days.

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