Chandigarh: Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making a mockery of the plight of India’s debt-ridden farmers, dismissing his farmer loan waiver promise to Uttar Pradesh farmers as a poll gimmick with an eye on the votes of the large farming community in the state.
Questioning the timing of Modi’s promise of waiver of farm loans in U P if his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state, Captain Amarinder accused the Prime Minister of indulging in electoral politics at the cost of the lives of hundreds of farmers. Had the Modi-led Central government been sincere in its concern over the plight of the farmers reeling under debt burdens it would have by now waived off the loans of farmers across the country, including Punjab, said the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief.
Modi could easily have announced farm loan waiver on behalf of the Central government, as was done by Dr Manmohan Singh under the UPA regime, Captain Amarinder pointed out, recalling that the Congress had waived off Rs 70,000 crore of farmers’ loans when it was in power. It was evident that the farm debt waiver promise made by the prime minister during electioneering in UP and targeted only at farmers of that state was nothing more than a ploy to garner votes for his party, the Punjab Congress chief ministerial candidate added.
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