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 - Will Farmers Protest Bring Hurricane in Punjab Electoral Sea? Watch Zee Opinion Poll LIVE at 7 PM
“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 - UP Election 2022: Zee Opinion Poll Out On UP Assembly Election 2022, Yogi Adityanath Stands Out To Be Top Choice Of UP Voters; Watch Video
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 - Breaking LIVE | Joined BJP As I Like Their Policy; Akhilesh Hates Samajwadis In SP: Mulayam Singh Yadav's Brother-In-Law Pramod Gupta
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.