Punjab's loan waiver scheme has been facing constant resentment from farmers in the state especially from the ones who are marginal and debt-ridden. And now it seems, the issue has acquired a political color. This after the Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan) alleged that influential persons are being included on priority in the beneficiary list while many marginal farmers are being left out. According to The Indian Express, the government wrote off Rs 1.94 lakh that Gursewak Singh, Congress Block President in Nihal Singh Wala. owed to a cooperative society. His mother Gurdial Kaur\u2019s Rs 2 lakh loan from the same cooperative was also written off. \u201cCongress leaders are on the first list and others are being told to wait. They are landlords, with a lot of family land,\u201d said Amarjeet Singh, president of the BKU (Ugrahan) local unit. \u201cIf the government can afford it, it can waive their loans, but the genuinely poor farmers should have been included first.\u201d Meanwhile, Gursewak Singh stressed his and his mother\u2019s eligibility as individuals. \u201cI own 2 acres land and my mother too owns 2 acres, and the waiver is for land held by farmers individually, not collectively,\u201d he said. \u201cI am being targeted because I am in politics. In fact, I am very serious about getting others too included in the list. And many more lists are still to come.\u201d But, BKU has slammed the government for their biased approach towards the marginal farmers. \u201cWhile these influential people have been included in the very first list, genuine marginal farmers have been told to wait for later lists,\u201d said Sukhdev Singh, BKU (Ugrahan) general secretary, who hails from Moga. However, many recent cases did throw the light on Congress government's scheme that excludes most small farmers. As per The Indian Express, 53-year-old Rachpal Singh from Umarpur Kalan village in Nurmahal tehsil of Jalandhar district-owned four acres, which should ordinarily have made him a \u201csmall farmer\u201d \u2014 covering those owning between 2.5 and five acres of land \u2014 eligible for relief on his Rs 3-lakh loan taken from the Shadipur primary agricultural cooperative society (PACS). But, he was told that he isn't eligible for the waiver. The reason that was said was the Punjab government restricting its waiver to \u201csmall farmers\u201d only in case of their outstanding loan amount itself not exceeding Rs 2 lakh. This now clearly forms a different scenario as compared to the original scheme of loan waiver where Punjab government\u00a0announced its intention to waive crop loans of all small and marginal farmers up to a limit of Rs 2 lakh each.