Seeking continuously to take mileage in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said his party had managed to wake up the Chief Ministers of Assam and Gujarat to grant farm loan waivers and will rouse a “sleeping” Prime Minister Narendra Modi too. His comment came a day after he said he would not let Modi sleep till a loan waiver is given to all farmers.
“The Congress party has managed to wake the CMs of Assam & Gujarat from their deep slumber. PM is still asleep. We will wake him up too,” Rahul said on Twitter. The Congress president has moved quickly to take credit for any potential farm loan waiver the Government may plan ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
There are reports the Modi-led BJP dispensation is mulling major relief for farmers but the contours of such relief are not yet known. The Gandhi has been championing the cause of farm loan waivers though he recently said in a press conference that they were not permanent solutions to the farming crisis and technological advances in agriculture in consultation with farmers were needed.
All Congress Governments have been promising farm loan waivers within 10 days of coming to power. Punjab offered one followed by Karnataka which is yet to ensure the real benefits of waivers reach farmers. Now, the Chhattisgarh and the MP Govts have also declared waivers. “We said our Governments will waive loans in 10 days. In MP and Chhattisgarh, it has taken less than six hours,” Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday.