Cong misleading farmers on loan waiver: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Dec 2018 10:18:27



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the Congress of “befooling” farmers on loan waivers, saying the Governments led by the party had not fulfilled its promises in the past. Addressing a rally here to celebrate one year of the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP Government in Himachal Pradesh, Modi also claimed that the previous Congress Government had similarly misled ex-soldiers on the implementation of their demand for ‘One Rank, One Pension”.

His criticism comes days after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said his party will not let Modi rest till he writes off farm loans across the country. The recently elected Congress Governments in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have announced loan waiver schemes.
He said, Congress Government waived loans worth only Rs 60,000 crore when it came to power in 2009 even though farmers’ debts totalled Rs 6 lakh crore.

He said a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General had found that lakhs of people who were not even farmers benefitted from the then Congress Government’s loan waiver scheme. Modi said the Congress had made similar promises of waiving farm loans before Assembly elections in Punjab and Haryana, but failed to deliver.
While farmers in Punjab got “nothing”, only 800 farmers were given token amounts in Karnataka, he claimed. Modi said the Congress had “made a fool” of the people through its loan waiver promises.

The Congress has challenged such claims in the past, insisting its Governments have implemented the loan-waiver promises in the States and at the Centre.
Modi said the previous Manmohan Singh-led Congress Government had also misled the nation by just allocating a meagre budget for the one rank, one pension scheme.

35 students going to PM’s rally injured as bus overturns


THIRTY-FIVE students on their way to Modi’s rally in Dharamshala were injured when their bus overturned in Kangra district, an official said. The students from a computer training centre were heading towards Dharamshala’s Police Grounds in a private school bus when the accident took place. Modi addressed a rally to mark the first anniversary of the BJP Government in Himachal Pradesh. The condition of five of the injured is said to be critical, the district official said.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi expressed concern, saying on Facebook that he was saddened to hear the news. “I pray to God that those who are injured get relief as soon as possible. I express my deepest sympathy with the parents of the children,” he said.