Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (Dec 27) accused the Congress of “fooling farmers” in the name of loan waivers, days after Rahul Gandhi said he would “not let him sleep or rest” until the centre writes off farm loans across the country.
“You know it cannot be done. This is only being done to win elections. To win elections you’re fooling the youth. To win elections you’re stabbing the farmer in the back,” PM Modi said, addressing a rally in Himachal Pradesh to celebrate one year of the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government.
Addressing the Dharamsala rally, Modi, without naming the Congress, said, “Those who were in the habit of looting, they are now feeling afraid of the country’s chowkidar and are now abusing him. They are now befooling the farmers in the name of waiving farm loans.”
Strongly reacting to the farm loans waiver, PM Modi said: “If you can’t deliver, tell the farmers that, they will accept it. Don’t lie and play with their lives.”
Targeting the Congress, he said “They did that in 2008 – farmer debt was Rs. 6 lakh crore, they announced Rs. 60,000 crore and they paid only 52,000 crores. In Punjab, before the election they promised, but nothing was given. In Karnataka too, only 800 farmers benefited and that too was token.”
The prime minister’s comments came a day after reports that he held a high-level meeting at his official home in Delhi to discuss a wide-ranging farm relief plan that goes beyond loan waivers.
According to finance ministry sources, the government will announce a new set of measures for farmers before the end of the winter session on January 5.