Rahul Gandhi welcomes farmers loan waiver in UP; asks Centre not to discriminate
New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday, welcomed the loan waivers for farmers in Uttar Pradesh but said that the Centre must not discriminate amongst states and work for national interest.
Rahul took to Twitter to support the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government's decision of waiving off the farmers' loans amounting to an estimated Rs 36, 359 Crores. He tweets, "A partial relief for UP farmers, but a step in the right direction. @INCIndia has always supported loan waivers for farmers in distress."
The Congress leader, however, said that the BJP was not willing but forced to take the step. He said, "I'm happy BJP has finally been forced to see reason. But let's not play politics with our farmers who are suffering across the country."
In a reminder to the Centre, the Congress scion said the Narendra Modi government is responsible for the farmers across the country and not only in states ruled by the BJP. He said, "The Central Govt must have a national response to the widespread distress & not discriminate amongst states."
It may be mentioned that the newly formed Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh kept its poll promise by waiving off the farmers loans up to Rs 1 Lakh in the first cabinet meeting held on Tuesday. This would benefit at least 86 lakh farmers of the state.