NEW DELHI — After the BJP governments in Assam and Gujarat announced waiver of farm loans and rural electricity bills, respectively, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said his party had managed to wake up the chief ministers of the two states and it was now time for “sleeping” Prime Minister Narendra Modi to wake up too.
Gandhi claimed both states made the move under pressure from the Congress, which immediately after forming governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh waived farm loans delivering on its pre-poll promise.
The Congress party has managed to wake the CM’s of Assam & Gujarat from their deep slumber.
PM is still asleep. We will wake him up too.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 19, 2018
“The Congress party has managed to wake the Chief Ministers of Assam and Gujarat from their deep slumber. Prime Minister is still asleep. We will wake him up, too,” tweeted Gandhi.
While the BJP-led government in Gujarat on Tuesday announced it will waive electricity bills in rural areas, in Assam on Monday it approved a Rs 600 crore farm loan waiver.
Gandhi’s latest attack comes a day after he vowed that the Congress and other opposition parties would not let Modi sleep until all farm loans were waived.
All Congress governments have been promising farm loan waivers within 10 days of coming to power.
Congress president Rahul 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.
(With inputs from IANS)