Back in Delhi after a whirlwind tour of three states to witness three Congress chief ministers take over, party chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday renewed his attack on the BJP-led national coalition over the plight of farmers and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of worrying only about wealthy businessmen. Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, two of the three states that the Congress wrested from the BJP in the just-concluded state elections, have ordered a farm waiver within hours of taking charge.
“Congress and all opposition parties will force Modi to give farm loan waiver to farmers… Will not allow Modi to sleep till he waives the loan,” Gandhi said on Parliament House premises on Tuesday.
A loan waiver has been high on the Congress’s to-do list in the recently-held assembly elections in five states. Meeting after meeting, Congress leaders had highlighted the farmers’ plight and promised them a new deal, starting with a waiver.
Gandhi told reporters that he had been highlighting the point that the main fight in India is between small traders, farmers and 15-20 wealthy businessmen, building on the narrative that had been at the centre of his election campaign in the five states.