New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday reminded the people how its governments in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh had taken just a few hours to waive farm loans, unlike the Centre. (Also read: ‘Sitaram Yechury Reacts to Stalin’s Remark on Rahul Gandhi as PM, Calls it ‘Premature Decision’) Also Read - Amarinder Singh Condemns Haryana Govt's Attempts To Prevent Farmers March To Delhi
“We have already acted on farm loan waivers in few hours. PM Modi could not do this in the last four years. We will make sure farm loans are waived off. We will not let PM Modi sleep peacefully until he waives those loans,” party president Rahul Gandhi said. Also Read - Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Laid to Rest in Gujarat’s Bharuch, Rahul Gandhi Attends Funeral
Addressing media in the Parliament complex, he said the Government had turned a blind eye to the loans given to 15 top industrialists of the country but had not tried to address farmers’ issues in the past four years. Also Read - Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi Pays Last Respects to Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
Assuring the farmers that their welfare will be looked after, Rahul went on to allege that the Centre took care of only the rich. “Money of farmers and small shopkeepers is being stolen by the Government,” he alleged.
Raking up all the issues which his party has been talking about, he said, “JPC, Rafale, farm loan waivers, demonetization…typo errors will soon emerge in everything. People have been lied to, farmers and small traders are being looted. Demonetization is the biggest scam in the world.”
The Congress chief refused to make a statement on senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s conviction in 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He said, “I have made my position on the riots very clear, and I have said this before. This press conference is about the farmers of the country and that Mr. Modi refuses to waive off even 1 rupee of loan.”
Meanwhile, there was ruckus inside Lok Sabha over Rafale row. BJP MPs held up placards and demanded an apology from the Congress following the apex court verdict ruling out an SIT probe into the deal.