Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday stated that his party and other opposition parties would force Prime Minister Narendra Modi to write off loans of farmers. He further asserted that the Congress will do so after 2019 elections if the Modi government fails to act immediately.
Talking about how the newly elected Congress government in Madhya Pradesh acted on its promise by writing off farmers’ loans on the first day in office, Gandhi told reporters: “My message to farmers is that this country belongs to you and the Congress and other opposition parties will work together to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to write off your loans. We’ll not let him sleep until he waives your loans. If Modi doesn’t act, the Congress will do it 100%.”
By saying that “the Congress victories were also victories for farmers, the youth, the poor, workers and small shopkeepers”, Gandhi also tried to project a class conflict between his party and the BJP. While targeting PM Modi, he said: “The Modi government works for only 15 businessmen by waiving off their loans. Despite being in power for over four years, PM Modi has not written off a single rupee of the farmers.”
Addressing India’s distressed farmers directly from Parliament, @INCIndia‘s @RahulGandhi said that he will not let PM Modi sleep until all farms loans have been waived. (Via @TheQuint)https://t.co/rsvI5ownf7
— BloombergQuint (@BloombergQuint) December 19, 2018
“On one side you have farmers, the poor, the youth, small traders and on the other, you have the country’s top 15 industrialists. PM Modi puts Rs 3.5 lakh crore into their pockets,” Gandhi alleged.
However, the Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, said, “This is a new low in public discourse in the country. But nothing better is expected from Rahul Gandhi whose party ensured that people of the country did not sleep for 60 years due to corruption, mal-governance and patronage of selected people.”
“Aap JPC karwaiye, doodh ka doodh, paani ka paani ho jayega (Let parliament panel probe the Rafale deal, everything will be clear),” he told NDTV, raising the Congress’ demand for investigation by a joint parliamentary committee or JPC in the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal with France’s Dassault.