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Telangana Assembly Elections 2018: Rahul Gandhi promises farm loan waiver of up to Rs two lakh

"Farmers are committing suicide all over the country. Thousands of farmers committed suicide in Telangana because they didn't get proper price (for their produce),” Gandhi said. 

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New Delhi Published on: October 20, 2018 18:04 IST
Rahul Gandhi promises farm loan waiver in Telangana
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Rahul Gandhi promises farm loan waiver in Telangana

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao of making false promises and indulging in corruption. He further promised farm loan waiver of up to Rs two lakh at one go if his party is elected in the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections.

The Congress chief kicked off his party’s campaign in the state with a public meeting in Nirmal district.

"Change will come in Telangana. KCR government will go and in Delhi, Narendra Modi's government will go. I did not come here to make false promises. If you want to listen to false promises, then go to KCR and Modi, they will give you false promises," the Congress president said.

Gandhi further alleged Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief had changed the project designs, inflating its cost from Rs 38,000 crore to Rs one lakh crore.

"Wherever you see, CM indulges in corruption and benefits go to his family, relatives. As soon as he became CM, KCR started indulging in corruption, giving all the benefits to his family," Gandhi alleged.

He also promised that the Congress will implement the Tribal Rights Bill (The Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act) and Land Acquisition Acts in letter and spirit when it comes to power at the Centre as well as in the state.

"Farmers are committing suicide all over the country. Thousands of farmers committed suicide in Telangana because they didn't get proper price (for their produce),” Gandhi said.

"The Congress party promises that Rs two lakh in farm loan with be waived in one go. Not only that we will also ensure Rs 7,000 per quintal for cotton," the Congress president said and alleged that "neither Modi nor KCR is able to provide farmers' good price for their produce".

"The moment Congress comes into power in Telangana, we will protect tribal lands. We will give Rs 3,000 allowance each to unemployed youth," he added.

The KCR government failed to fulfill promises such as job for every family, three acres of land to every SC and ST family and two-bedroom houses for all eligible people, he said.

"Wherever Modiji and KCR go they make false promises. You watch all my speeches. I am in politics for the past 15 years. We promised to waive their loans (earlier). We waived Rs 70,000 crore worth of farm loans," said the Congress chief.

The Congress chief also fired salvos at the prime minister over Rafale deal and said the PM owes answers to the nation.

Telangana goes to polls on December 7 and the counting of votes will be done on December 11.

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