Bhopal, June 6: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday vowed to waive off farm loans within 10 days of coming to the power in Madhya Pradesh.
Gandhi made this statement while addressing the Kisan Samriddhi Sankalp Rally in Mandsaur to mark the first anniversary of the firing in the MP district, during which six protesting farmers lost their lives.
Referring to the UPA rule in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress president we waived loans of Rs 70,000 crore, but “Whether it’s Modi government, Shivraj government or any other BJP led-government, they only support big businessmen and not farmers’ single penny can be given away”.
“A year ago, MP Govt shot and killed farmers. Today, all over India, farmers are demanding for their rights”.
Targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress Chief stated “PM addresses Mehul Choksi as Mehul Bhai, Nirav Modi as Nirav Bhai. Modi gave them Rs 30,000 crore, which could have used to waive off loans of Madhya Pradesh’s farmers.
He further said that the truth is PM Modi and BJP are not concerned about farmers. Helping their rich businessmen friends is their only priority.
“Modi had promised that farmers will get their due payment once the saffron party comes to power, but he betrayed them”.
“The food we eat is all due to the efforts of our farmers and their families, not rich businessmen. Which is why farmers are our priority, Gandhi asserted.
Before addressing a farmers rally in Mandsaur, the Congress president met the family members of the six farmers who lost their lives in the 2017 police firing in Mandsaur.
He tweeted, it’s been a year the FIR is yet to be filed in the matter and the families are still awaiting justice.
Earlier in a day, Gandhi paid his respects to the martyred farmers.
The anniversary of the Mandsaur firing comes amid a countrywide 10-day strike by farmers demanding a complete loan waiver, implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission and better remuneration for produce.