Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today lashed out at the BJP-led NDA government over sharp rise in cases of farmers’ suicides in the country and said that the ‘country needs farmers as much as it needs industrialists’.
The Congress leader also took credit of farm loan waivers in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, saying ‘it was the outcome of the pressure from the Congress’, but the waivers are yet to be implemented fully.
"In the past three years, 9,000 farmers ended their lives in Maharashtra... India's farmers have been under attack all over the country. Modi gave Rs 65,000 crore to one person for setting up the Nano factory but did not give a rupee to the farmers," he said while addressing a meeting of party workers on his daylong visit to Nanded and Parbhani in Maharashtra on Friday.
तीन साल से किसानों पर आक्रमण हो रहा है, पिछले तीन साल में महाराष्ट्र में नौ हज़ार किसानों ने आत्महत्या की है pic.twitter.com/bfhZ40Gb4r— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 8, 2017
Citing the case of Maharashtra, he alleged that a loan waiver of Rs 35,000 crore is said to have been implemented, but actually only Rs 5,000 crore have been disbursed by the state government.
"What is the need for asking the caste of the farmers for loan waiver, why should they be made to stand in long queues?" Rahul asked.
Holding the Prime Minister responsible for what he termed "the failure of demonetisation", Rahul said that Modi has axed the common people by cancelling the currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 value in November last year.
"It was claimed terrorism would reduce after demonetisation, but in Jammu and Kashmir, the picture is different... 99 per cent of the money was returned after demonetization, then where is the black money that was supposed to come out? Instead, the country's economy has been ruined," he said.
The Congress leader further said the main issues confronting the country are protecting the interests of the farmers and providing jobs to the unemployed.
"Under the 'Make In India', Modi had said two crore youths would be given jobs, but in reality, there are zero job opportunities created. Everywhere we see 'Made In China' and our competition is with China. Then what was the purpose of 'Make In India'," he wondered.
Accusing Modi of "showing false dreams", Rahul said the Prime Minister speaks of giving the Bullet Train but the government does nothing about education, health and unemployment.
"The Congress may have shortcomings... But it does not mean we show false dreams to the people. Communal hatred is being spread all over India, in Goa, Manipur and Gujarat... BJP buys votes," he claimed.
Focusing on the Goods and Services Tax (GST), he said it was the Congress government's policy and it did not recommend more than 17 per cent GST "for our poor country". "But today, we have up to 28 per cent GST and five tax slabs," he said, criticising the manner in which it has been implemented.