On his first visit to Rajasthan after Congress’ victory in the state, party chief Rahul Gandhi praised the farmers of the state for showing their strength to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Addressing a farmers’ rally in Jaipur, the 48-year-old Congress president promised to waive farmer loans across the country if the grand old party came to power in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Sharpening his attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Gandhi mocked PM Modi saying that “56 inch ki chhati wale PM Lok Sabha mein 1 minute ke liye bhi nahi aa paye (The PM with a 56-inch chest could not come to the Lok Sabha even for 1 minute)”.
“PM could not even come to Lok Sabha for a short while. Defence Minister Nirmala ji spoke in the house for two-and-half hours but we exposed each and every lie. She had no answer to our direct questions,” he said referring to the recent discussion in the lower house of Parliament over the Dassault Rafale fighter jet deal with France.
“CBI Director Alok Verma was removed at midnight. Now Supreme Court said he will be reinstated. We want an inquiry in Rafale deal; we want a JPC also,” he said on the day when Verma resumed office.
He said that youth of the country are tired of PM Modi.
“With Demonetisation he wrecked small businesses. He waived off loans of India’s richest, but how many young entrepreneurs received financial support from Modi govt?” he said at the rally.
Commenting on farmers’ issues, the Congress president said that waiver of loans cannot provide complete relief to farmers.
“When we form the govt in centre in 2019, we will waive farm loans across the country. This is a first step to provide relief to the farmers but this is not the final solution,” he said.
“Green Revolution had provided food to the entire nation. A new green revolution is necessary in India,” Gandhi added referring to the revolutionary scheme that changed the agricultural landscape of the country in the 1960s.
Gandhi also told the Congress workers that he should not get complaints from the people of the state.