New Delhi: Days after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi claimed he would “not let PM Modi sleep” until the Centre wrote off farm loans, the latter on Thursday accused the former of “misleading farmers” in the name of loan waivers. (Also read: Uddhav Thackeray Uses Rahul’s Jibe to Attack PM Modi) Also Read - Monsoon Session LIVE: Opposition Likely to Meet President Over Rajya Sabha Deadlock
“You know it cannot be done. This is only being done to win elections. To win elections, you’re fooling the youth. To win elections, you’re stabbing the farmer in the back,” PM Modi said while addressing a rally in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, to celebrate one year of the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government. (Also read: ‘Who’s Feeding Demon of Corruption,’ Asks PM) Also Read - In Absence of Sonia And Rahul, Congress Leaders to Meet Tomorrow to Discuss Organisational Issues
Rahul’s challenge followed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh announcing farm loan waivers not long after the new chief ministers took charge. “It’s done,” the Congress chief had tweeted, saying he had asked for ten days while campaigning for the state elections but his party had made good the promise sooner. Also Read - Farm Bills Row: 'Black Day of Parliamentary Democracy in India,' Says Congress; Rajnath Assures MSP Won't End | Highlights
He said, “If you can’t deliver, tell the farmers that, they will accept it. Don’t lie and play with their lives.”
He added, “They did that in 2008 – farmer debt was Rs 6 lakh crore, they announced Rs. 60,000 crore and they paid only 52,000 crore. In Punjab, before the elections they promised but nothing was given. In Karnataka too, only 800 farmers benefited and that too was token.”
Meanwhile, sources said the PM held discussions with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP chief Amit Shah and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. Reports suggest that the Government will announce a new set of measures for farmers before the end of the winter session on January 5.