Rahul Gandhi Addresses 'Kisan Aakrosh Rally' In Rajasthan, Says BJP Neglects Farmers

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| July 19 , 2017 , 21:02 IST

Bursting out on the Prime Minister, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that the BJP doesn’t care about the farmers.

Addressing a "Kisan Aakrosh Rally" in Rajasthan, Congress Vice President attacked both Modi and the Rajasthan governments for neglecting farmers' issues.

Rahul Gandhi said, “Today (Wednesday) in the Lok Sabha we wanted to speak on farmers' issues, we wanted to speak only for 10-15 minutes... The Prime Minister was there, other ministers were there, but no one was ready to give us even a minute.”

"Parliament can be opened at midnight for the sake of Goods and Services Tax but for farmers, even one minute cannot be granted," he said.

Gandhi met family members of some of the farmers who committed suicide. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in 2014 made two promises -- to support the cause of farmers and provide two crore jobs. Neither has been fulfilled, the Congress leader said.

"I met lakhs of farmers in Uttar Pradesh and told the government that farmers are sad, they are in pain. It is because of farmers that the country is known... They toil daily and that is why India is known the world over," he said.

"We demanded loan waiver (for farmers) and right price for their produce.

"Our governments in Punjab and Karnataka did this. They waived off loans of farmers," he said, adding that it was only because of pressure from the Congress party that the government in Uttar Pradesh waived off farm loans.

He assured the farmers that the Congress would continue to fight for their cause.

"Wherever and whenever you want me to come to Rajasthan, I am ready. We will put pressure and see to it that your loans are waived off. We are not in the government but will do whatever possible."