Congress will waive farm loans if voted to power at Centre: Rahul Gandhi

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Patna, February 3, 2019

Gandhi criticises farmers’ scheme introduced in Interim Budget
Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Sunday that his party would waive farms loans all over the country, just as its governments had done in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, if it is voted to power at the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing a huge rally at the Gandhi Maidan here -- the party's first in the city in years -- the Congress President also promised that it would accord the status of a Central University to Patna University and create more jobs for the youth through food processing and other units across the state.
Gandhi hit out Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing them of only looking after the interests of crony capitalists.
He alleged that, while the government had written off loans worth thousands of crores of industrialists, all that it had done for the farmers was the announcement of an income support scheme under which they would get Rs. 6000 per year which worked out to just Rs. 17 a day for a family. For a family of five, it worked out to just Rs. 3.50 a day, he pointed out.
He said this was an insult to the country's farmers and said they would give a befitting response to Modi and the BJP in the coming elections.
Gandhi said he was confident that the Congress and its allies in the Mahagathbandhan, including the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), would win the elections at the Centre and soon after that in Bihar. "We will together remove the BJP and Nitish Kumar from power in Bihar soon," he declared.
He said his confidence stemmed from the "fact that the BJP at the Centre and Nitish Kumar had not kept their promises" made by them to the people in the run-up to the last elections.
He said farmers in the country paid huge amounts as premium for crop insurance schemes but got nothing when they filed claims and found that the schemes had only benefited the insurance companies owned by the top industrialists.
He went on to refer to the demonetisation and the problems it had caused for small traders, farmers, the lower income groups and others. He also spoke about the Rafale fighter jet deal with France and alleged that jobs which could have come to India's youth had been lost because the 36 aircraft India was buying would be made in France. Under the contract envisaged by the previous Congress-led UPA government, 108 of the 126 aircraft would have been made in India, he pointed out. Also, a lucrative offset contract had been given to industrialist Anil Ambani, whose company is debt-ridden and has no previous experience in the aircraft manufacturing sector, he said.
The Congress said the BJP government had done nothing for the youth of the country in areas such as education and jobs. He said Bihar, where the ancient Nalanda University was located, was known as a centre of education but its youth were now forced to go out of the state for education and in search of jobs.
He said many Bihari youth trying to eke out a living were forced to leave states like Gujarat and Maharashtra.
He also reiterated his party's promise of a Minimum Income Guarantee for the country's poor if the Congress were elected to power in the next Lok Sabha elections.
He asserted that the Congress was determined to play "on the front foot". 
"With (RJD leader) Tejashwi Yadav in Bihar, we will play on the front foot and hit the ball for a six," he said.
He went on to praise Tejashwi Yadav who works hard and does not lie to the people. "All of us will work together with dignity, love and unitedly," he added.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel were amongst those present at the rally.

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