Koriya: Campaigning ahead of the second phase of the polls in Chhattisgarh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi Saturday said that farmer loans would be waived off if their party won in the state assembly polls. Gandhi said that Congress would waive off the loans within a matter of 10 days once it came to power in the state. Also Read - Mann ki Baat LIVE: PM Modi's First Radio Address After Coronavirus Outbreak, National Lockdown
Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh over corruption, Gandhi alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had created to Chhattisgarh, one for the rich and the other for the poor. Also Read - Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Donates One Month Salary in Fight Against Coronavirus Pandemic
“Chhattisgarh was created so that its natural resources can be utilised for the welfare of the people but now we have two Chhattisgarhs – one of the rich, of those wearing suit-boot and the second of the masses, poor, marginalised, farmers and workers. We don’t want two Chhattisgarh, we want justice,” said Gandhi, addressing a rally in state’s Koriya district. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Thanks Varun Dhawan For His Donation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Gandhi demanded that PM Modi answer why a single farmer loan had not been waived off while corporate loans worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore had been dropped. Gandhi said, “I had asked Modi why was he not writing-off loans given to the poor farmers, but he never bothered to reply. So from here, I declare that within 10 days of coming to power in the state, we will waive off loans of each and every farmer.”
The Congress President also attacked Chief Minister Raman Singh over Rs 5,000 crore chit fund scam and Rs 36,000 crore scam in the public distribution system (PDS). “In the PDS scam, Rs. 36,000 crore was siphoned off. A diary was seized where it was written that the money was given to CM Madam and Dr Saheb. I want to ask Singh who is this CM Madam and Dr Saheb?” The party chief also alleged that the Chief Minister’s son Abhishek had undisclosed offshore accounts as per revelations in the Panama Papers.
The second phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls in 72 constituencies spread across 19 districts will be held on November 20. The first phase of polling in 18 constituencies across eight Maoist-affected districts was held on November 12. The results will be declared on December 11.