Surguja, May 17
If loans worth Rs 2.5 lakh crores owed by 15 people can be foregone, the loan of all farmers in India can be waived, said Congress President Rahul Gandhi while addressing Kisan-Adivasi Rally in tribal-dominated Surguja district of Chhattisgarh today.
“Last year, BJP had written off Rs 2.5 lakh crore worth of bad loans of the richest people of India but, they refused to write off farmers’ loans,” said Rahul Gandhi, elaborating that UPA had waived off farmers’ loans of Rs 70,000 crores.
He further said that Congress will change the life of the farmer in Chhattisgarh in 5 years. Chhattisgarh needs a government that has a place for farmers, Adivasis and Dalits in their hearts. Congress Party shall safeguard your rights and interests as farmers. BJP wants that Dalits, Adivasis (tribal) and weaker sections of society remain suppressed so that they, along with RSS can rule the nation.
“Farmers’ lands are being grabbed throughout Chhattisgarh. The lands of Dalits, Adivasis, weaker sections are being snatched,” alleged Congress President.
“When farmers approached the UPA Government, we gave them the Land Acquisition Act which safeguarded the interests of farmers as their land cannot be grabbed against their will,” said Rahul Gandhi, charging that BJP had given consent to the Land Acquisition Bill while in the opposition and changed their stance when they came to power.
The leader said that BJP spoke of smart farmer, smart forest. The farmer is already smart. They only need our assistance. They have the capability to change the future of the entire nation.