Rahul Promises Farm Loan Waiver

Congress chief launches cam­paign from CM Ra­man Singh’s con­stituency

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Our Po­lit­i­cal Bureau

New Delhi: A day be­fore the cam­paign­ing ends for the first phase of as­sem­bly elec­tions in Ch­hat­tis­garh, Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi promised to write off farm­ers' loans if his party is voted to power in the state. Gandhi launched his two-day elec­tion­eer­ing tour from BJP chief min­is­ter Ra­man Singh's con­stituency of Ra­j­nanda­gaon, ac­cus­ing the state and cen­tral gov­ern­ments of fail­ure to de­liver on the prom­ise of pro­vid­ing jobs to youth and se­cu­rity to farm­ers.

“We have a prime min­is­ter who, be­fore the elec­tion, promised Rs 15 lakh to every ci­ti­zen and em­ploy­ment to the youth, but af­ter the elec­tion told the peo­ple to lift the broom and start clean­ing,” Gandhi told the crowd, chid­ing at Naren­dra Modi.

The Congress leader claimed that he would not make “false” promises like BJP. “If elected to power, the Congress will write off debt of each farmer in Ch­hat­tis­garh in 10 days,” he promised. Gandhi said the gov­ern­ments in Pun­jab and Kar­nataka an­nounced loan waiver soon af­ter com­ing to power ear­lier this year to keep the party’s prom­ise in the elec­tion cam­paigns.

In the first phase of elec­tion to 18 con­stituen­cies, Congress had the edge in the 2013 polls, win­ning eight out of 12 seats in the Nax­al­dom­i­nated Bas­tar di­vi­sion. But, BJP did well in the sec­ond phase to re­tain power in the state for the third con­sec­u­tive term, though the vic­tory mar­gin has been thin­ning every time. In the last elec­tions, the mar­gin be­tween the two na­tional par­ties in vote share was just 0.8%.

Rahul Gandhi at a road­show in Ra­j­nandgaon on Fri­day

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