PM Modi In West Bengal: 'Politics Of Waiver Of Farmer Loans Is An Effort To Throw Dust In Their Eyes', Says PM

| February 2 , 2019 , 13:33 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited West Bengal on Saturday for the coming Lok Sabha election with rallies in the border district of North 24 Parganas and the industrial town of Durgapur, party sources said.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said apart from Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and many other top leaders will attend several ‘Ganatantra Bachao’ rallies across the state.

PM Modi's rally in Thakurnagar has been organised by All India Matua Mahasangha which is a BJP-aligned faction. Meanwhile, his Durgapur rally is a part of BJP's ‘Ganatantra Bachao’ (save democracy) programme in the state. 

Prior to giving the speech, PM Modi visited the temple at the house of Dalit Matua community matriarch Binapani Debi, better known to community members as ‘Baro-ma.’

Addressing the crowd at Thakurnagar, PM Modi said, "Ye drishya dekhne ke baad ab mujhe samajh mein aa raha hai ki didi hinsa pe kyun utar aayi hain. Your love for BJP has made Mamata jittery."

The Prime Minister praised the Matua sect founder Harichand Thakur’s for his contribution to society and recalled the contribution of author Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, writer of Pather Panchali.

Highlighting the salient features of Interim Budget announced yesterday the PM  said that "the budget aimed at benefitting the poor and the middle class. This is just the beginning, the main budget after Lok Sabha election will have much more for the youth, farmers, and other sections of the society."  

"You won’t have to pay any syndicate tax, the money (to farmers) will be paid directly to your bank account. Farmers across the country with up to 5 acres of land will be provided Rs 6,000 assistance directly into their account. It will be provided in three equal instalments," he added.

"More than 12 crore families of small farmers, 30-40 crore workers and 3 crore middle-class families will directly benefit from the schemes announced in the budget yesterday," he added.

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He further said, "the politics of waiver of farmer loans is actually an effort to throw dust in their eyes."

"The farmers who did not take loans were also given loan waivers. In Karnataka, farmers who could not repay loans had police let loose on him. And the chief minister of this state is supporting the Karnataka CM,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that his government brought in the Citizenship Amendment Bill. “I am asking Trinamool to support it,” PM Modi said as he concluded his speech in Bengal’s Thakurnagar.