Patna: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has said that his party if voted to power, would waive farm loans across the country.
Addressing Jan Akanksha Rally here on Sunday, his first in the state since he took over the reins of the Congress, Rahul asid he would launch the policy of “minimum income guarantee to every poor person”. Rahul was quoted by a leading daily as saying, “Humne keh diya hai Delhi mein agar Congress party ki sarkar aayegi, humne Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh aur Madhya Pradesh mein jo kiya tha woh poore desh me karne ja rahe hai. Chillalo jitna chillana hai Modiji, jitna bhashan dena hai de do. Aapne sadhe-char varsh mein kuchh nahin kiya, aapne kisan ka karza maaf nahin kiya (I have said that if the Congress party forms a government in Delhi, we will do what we did in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in the entire country. You can deliver as many speeches as you want. You didn’t do anything in the four-and-a-half years, you didn’t waive the loans of farmers).”
Recalling the Interim Budget, a couple of days ago, Rahul said, “A few days ago, PM Narendra Modi was clapping vigorously over Budget announcements. What historic job have they done?”
On the budget promise of Rs 6,000 per annum to farmers, Rahul said, “A farmer’s average comes to Rs 17 per day, which is insulting.”
The rally was attended by RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, LJD’s Sharad Yadav, former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, and newly elected Congress chief ministers, Kamal Nath from MP, Ashok Gehlot from Rajasthan and Bhupesh Baghel from Chhattisgarh.
Without attacking Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directly, Rahul did refer to how Bihar contributes only two per cent to the GDP. He also accused the JD (U) chief of “making tall promises like PM Narendra Modi”. The Congress was a partner in the Bihar alliance, along with the JD(U) and the RJD, before the JD(U) parted ways to form the government with the BJP in 2017.
“People often refer to Punjab and Haryana for bringing the first Green Revolution, I have told the CMs of Chhattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan to bring the second Green Revolution from these states. I would like to include Bihar among these states… With Tejashwiji (Yadav) and Laluji (Prasad) and with (Jitan Ram) Manjhiji and (Upendra) Kushwahaji, we will play on the front foot, not on the back foot,” he said.
Speaking at the rally, Tejashwi called PM Modi a “factory manufacturing lies with the RSS is its retailer”. “The PM had spoken about giving special status and special package to Bihar. But it was not given,” he added.