New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the cash transfer scheme announced in the recently presented Interim Budget 2019 for the farmers. Addressing Jan Akanksha rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, he said, “Prime Minister has put Rs 30,000 crore in Anil Ambani’s pocket and only Rs 17 in the pocket of farmers.”
Mocking the scheme, he said that this amount is an insult to farmers. On February 1, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had announced direct cash transfer scheme and said farmers will be provided Rs 6,000 per year in three instalments under this scheme. The direct cash transfer scheme will be given to farmers who own land equal to less than 2 hectares.
Rahul Gandhi also attacked PM Modi for not fulfilling electoral promises. He asked, “Modi ji, you said you’ll provide 2 crore jobs every year. Did anyone receive jobs? No. I had promised farm loan will be waived off within 10 days in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. If Congress comes to power at the center, Patna University will be given the status of the central university.”
Talking about the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019, he said, “In Uttar Pradesh, Congress party will not play at the back foot but at the front foot. Together with Tejashwi ji and Lalu ji, Congress party will play at the front foot and we will hit a six.”
The Jan Akanksha rally was the Congress’ first public meeting in Patna. Congress is part of Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Bihar which comprises of RJD, RLSP, and HAM.
Many leaders including Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, RJD party members, among others addressed the rally for which elaborate security arrangements were made. Over 3,000 police personnel were deployed in the city to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, many times Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also taken swipe at the grand alliance of opposition parties. On January 20, PM Modi took potshots at ‘Mahagathbandhan'(grand alliance), mulled by Opposition parties and had said that they’ve already started making excuses for their defeat in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.