Emphasizing that the party would take “farmers’ voices” to the government, Gandhi said, “We will not let the prime minister rest until he waives loans. Congress manifesto for 2019 would promise farm loan waiver. We will do it guaranteed 100 percent if the Narendra Modi government doesn’t do it by then.”
Accusing the government of catering to the industrialists, Gandhi said it has turned a blind eye to the loans given to 15 top industrialists of the country, including Anil Ambani, but no effort has been made to alleviate the woes of the farmers in the last four years.
Speaking about the Rafale verdict in the Supreme Court, Gandhi said, “Typo errors will now surface in everything. We have been demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Rafale deal. The Prime Minister had said that we would discuss all the issues, but is now running away.”
He further called demonetisation “the biggest scam” in the country. The Congress president said that the PM had a choice between note ban and loan waiver but he chose the former to “give away money to his industrialist friends”.
On being asked about Sajjan Kumar’s conviction in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Gandhi said, “I have made my position on the riots very clear, and I have said this before. This press conference is about the farmers of the country and that Mr Modi has refused to waive off even one rupee of farm loan.”