Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday promised to consider farmers loans’ if voted to power in Gujarat, CNN News 18 reported. Gandhi hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over alleged farm crisis in India, alleging farmers are committing suicide all across the country but the Centre was ignorant towards their plight. Rahul further claimed if a Congress government gets elected, he will ensure the farmers will get the right prices they deserve. If needed, the party will also consider waiving off loans, he said.
Gandhi is currently on a trip to Gujarat where he is leaving no stone unturned to woo voters. The Congress deputy chief has attacked PM Narendra Modi and BJP on issues primarily related to job creation, GST, and demonetisation. On Monday, Gandhi said the record of Manmohan Singh-led erstwhile UPA government was better than what is being projected by Narendra Modi regime. Gandhi, however, asserted that UPA too scored just 5/10 points.
“Our record was better than their’s (govt), but even our record was 5 on 10,” Rahul was quoted as saying by ANI. Without naming Narendra Modi or demonetisation, the Congress vice-president said that a leader can’t force things on people and make them cry. “A leader’s job is to look 5-10 years ahead and not implementing things forcibly that will make people cry,” Gandhi said. “Excuses won’t work, if in 5-10 yrs India doesn’t employ 30,000-40,000 daily then no one will be able to control the anger that’ll spread,” he added.
However, BJP has downplayed Gandhi’s visit, claiming it will have no impact on elections at all. Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Syed Zafar Islam said, “Rahul Gandhi’s tour is nothing but talks on development, which totally lacks in his party. Also, in many of his constituencies, we have seen his pictures on the missing list, this shows what kind of a minister he is and how much is being loved by his people.”