After Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's government waived farm loan up to Rs.1 lakh in the first cabinet meeting in the state, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the step is in the right direction, although, it is just 'a partial relief'.
"A partial relief for UP farmers, but a step in the right direction. The Congress has always supported loan waivers for farmers in distress," Rahul said in a series of tweets.
"I'm happy the BJP has finally been forced to see reason. But let's not play politics with our farmers who are suffering across the country," he added.
Rahul, who had held a month-long Kisan Yatra in UP seeking loan waiver for farmers, asked the Centre to extend loan relief to farmers in other states as well.
"The Central Govt must have a national response to the widespread distress and not discriminate among states," he tweeted.
The decision to waive crop loans up to Rs.1 lakh for small and marginal farmers was part of the BJP's poll promise in the state.
The move will benefit over 2.15 crore farmers, besides 7 lakh others who had secured loans which turned into non-performing assets.