Rahul Gandhi in Rajasthan: BJP govt not paying attention to farmers' problems, says Congress vice-president

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday lashed out at the BJP government at the Centre for not paying attention to the plight of farmers across the country. He said the Congress would put pressure on the government to waive farmer loans, the way it did in Uttar Pradesh. He was addressing a farmers' rally in Banswara, Rajasthan.

"Congress waived the farmers' loans in Punjab and Karnataka while the BJP did the same in Uttar Pradesh because of our pressure on them," he said.

The Kisan Aakrosh rally was part of Rahul's visit to all the states that are slated to go to polls next year.

A report from India Today said that the Rajasthan rally will mark the beginning of protests throughout the country by Congress on the current agrarian crisis. Other states are also expected to hold rallies and kisan mahapanchayats to highlight the plight of the farmers.

According to a tweet by the Congress, 61 farmers had committed suicide in Rajasthan in the last two years and 40 lakh farmers were burdened with loans in India.

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot had also blamed the government for staying silent on the issue on Tuesday.

The Kisan Aakrosh rally coincides with the 'Kisan Mukti Rally' going on at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi since the last two days. On Tuesday, the rally was used by various political leaders as a platform to air their grievances against the Narendra Modi government.

Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar also joined Tamil Nadu farmers in demanding farm loan waivers and a drought relief package, reported The Indian Express. In the report, he was quoted as saying, "These poor people are wandering between Delhi and Chennai (since April) but not getting any decent answer, so they have again come.”

Criticism on GST

In Wednesday's rally, Rahul also criticised the faulty implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) supporting the ongoing protest against the tax in New Delhi.

He said that while issues related to the GST were being discussed in Parliament, farmers' issues were getting sidelined.

He blamed the government for rolling out the GST in a hurry without considering the impact on small traders.

He added that the government did not care if the poor live or die and said only small traders will have suffer because of the GST.

Updated Date: Jul 19, 2017 17:15:08 IST