Will not let Narendra Modi sleep until farm loans are waived, says Rahul Gandhi; accuses PM of favouring industrialists

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the lack of farm loan waivers for the four years that the BJP has been in power, and said that the government had only worked for "15 to 20 industrialists" and ignored the marginalised groups.

Speaking outside Parliament, Rahul asserted that the government had subject farmers to injustice and highlighted that the Congress had already waived the loans of farmers in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, two of the three states where the party came to power after the Assembly elections. "We promised to waive loans in 10 days. In two states, we did it in six hours," Rahul said.

Rahul also claimed that Modi had not waived a single rupee of the farmers' loans and said, "We will not let the prime minister sleep until he waives loans of farmers; all the Opposition parties will jointly demand this." He said that Modi had excused loans of industrialists and rich people while ignoring the farming community.

On being asked about the development in the Rafale case, wherein the Centre asked for a correction in "a typo" in the judgment of the Supreme Court, the Congress president said that "many typos would emerge" in the future.

Slamming the prime minister for "crony capitalism", Rahul said, "The prime minister had a choice for four years, either to waive loans or steal from the poor. The choice to steal was made, during demonetisation." He also said that not only the Congress-led Opposition, but farmers across the country would demand that the prime minister waive farm loans.

"I have made my position on riots clear"

The Congress president, however, dodged a question about Monday's Delhi High Court conviction of former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Rahul said, " I have made my position on the riots very clear, and I have said this before. This press conference is about the farmers of the country and that Mr Modi refuses to waive even one rupee of loans."

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Dec 18, 2018 13:43:02 IST