Kerala

Rahul’s reassurance to farmers

Says no farmer will be sent to jail for defaulting on bank loans

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has assured farmers in the country that they will not be sent to jail for defaulting their bank loans. “We will change the law the moment we win the elections, and no farmer in this country is going to be put in jail for not paying back loans,” he said while addressing an election rally at Chalissery, near Perumbilavu in the district, on Wednesday.

Mr. Gandhi said the farmers in the country were watching the injustice under the Narendra Modi regime that Anil Ambani would not go to jail for defaulting ₹45,000-crore loan, but farmers who took ₹20,000 as loan would go to jail if they did not repay. “I want to commit to all farmers in the country that we will protect your interests. You built this country, and in your difficult time, we will not let you down,” he told a cheering crowd.

Mr. Gandhi said that the Congress, if elected, would present a budget for farmers in 2019. “It is not a hollow promise. We will put in black and white how much money is going to be spent for farmers,” he said. Mr. Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for destroying the country’s economy and dividing the country on the basis of language, culture, religion, and money.

Accusing Mr. Modi and the Sangh Parivar of trying to create two Indias — one for the Ambanis, the Adanis, the Neerav Modis, the Mehul Choksis, and the Vijay Mallyas — he said only the people of India could define what India would be. “All languages and cultures have the same place. The voice of all Indians should be heard,” he said.

Mr. Gandhi lambasted the Prime Minister for his Mann-ki-Bath programme. “Who cares about his mann-ki-bath? We are interested in the mann-ki-bath of people, the farmers, the mothers and sisters, and the youth who are worried about their future. Modi does not realise that the country is bigger and more powerful than him,” he said.

Mr. Gandhi alleged that Mr. Modi had stolen ₹3,50,000 crore from the country’s poor and given to the rich in the last five years. “They did not pay back the loans, and were forgiven. How many farmer loans were forgiven in the country? How many student loans were forgiven?”

Mr. Gandhi said that 50 lakh people had lost jobs after demonetisation. Small and medium businesses were wiped out because of a flawed Goods and Services Tax.

Kerala Pradesh Congree Committee (KPCC) president Mullappaly Ramachandran presided. Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) State president Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, UDF candidates V.K. Sreekandan (in Palakkad), Ramya Haridas (Alathur), and E.T. Mohammed Basheer (Ponnani) spoke.

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