Rahul Chants Waiver Mantra

 National Congress President Rahul Gandhi has once again promised to waive farm loans and provide subsidy worth Rs.850 per quintal of paddy to the farmers of Odisha once it comes to power.

 
Addressing a huge rally here Mr.Gandhi said while NDA Government readily decided to write off the debts of over Rs 3.5 lakh crore of a handful of industrialists, it is not in a mood to provide support for the loan ridden farmers.
 
 The Congress, on the other hand, waived farm loans and provided subsidy for paddy so that farmers can get Rs 2,500 per quintal in state of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where it came to power after the recent elections.
 
Mr.Gandhi  also promised loan waiver for farmers and provision of subsidyfor paddy to Rs 2,500 from Rs 1,600 per quintal in Odisha within 10 days if the Congress forms its government after the upcoming election.
 
Taking a dig at the Union Government , he alleged that Modi Government tried hard  to amend the Land Acquisition Act so it could easily snatch away the land of tribals and farmers, and hand them over to industrialists. However, the Congress foiled the "evil design" at least thrice as it believes that no tribal land should be acquired without the consent of its owners, said Mr.Gandhi
 
He said that tribal land acquired for setting up industries must be returned if no unit is established within five years.
 
Mr.Gandhi informed that  land parcels in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district were returned by the present Congress dispensation on this ground taking out from Tatas.
 
He said the minimum guaranteed income proposed by his party would be a historic move.
 
The Congress leader accused the Prime Minister of having misled people by giving "false" information on several issues including unemployment figures, farmers problems.
Congress president, in an apparent dig at Mr.Modi said, "We do not want to make you hear our mann ki baat, we want to provide a government that hears your mann ki baat."
 
This was Gandhi's third visit to Odisha in two months, the state where the Congress has been out of power for nearly two decades.
 
 Earlier in the day, reaching out to the huge constituency of women voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Mr.Gandhi promised passage of the Women's Reservation Bill, in limbo for the last nine years since being cleared by the Rajya Sabha, if his party is voted to power.

Interacting with women on the International Women's Day, Mr.Gandhi urged them to fight for " room " in every field of life as the country cannot progress without their effective and equal participation.
 
"You must fight for your place and don't consider yourself lesser than a man. Women should fight for due place - be it the Assembly, Lok Sabha or the business field," he said responding to a query by a woman delegate at the conclave.
 
"There is an urgent need to provide reservation for women in state assemblies and Lok Sabha to ensure their empowerment. Congress is keen to ensure this and will do it if it voted to power," Mr.Gandhi said, calling Women's Reservation Bill an effective instrument for their empowerment.
 
He also promised several pro-women sops for them while urging to favor Congress in 2019 General Elections.
 


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