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Congress will waive off farm loans in 10 days if voted to power in Odisha: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Interacted With The Intellectuals As Part Of The Congress' Outreach Efforts Ahead Of Lok Sabha Polls Where He Targeted The RSS.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 12 Feb 2019, 02:22:54 PM
Rahul Gandhi in Bhuwaneshwar


With an aim to woo farmers before the 2019 General Election, Congress party president Rahul Gandhi today, in Bhubaneshwar, said that the party will waive off farm loans within 10 days of coming into power. "I want to tell farmers of Odisha,2-3 months are left, listen to me carefully, as soon as Congress government is formed here, you count till 10. Not 11, only 10. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. Within 10 days, Congress will waive off loans of Odisha farmers," Rahul Gandhi said.

While addressing a massive rally in Bhuwaneshwar, Rahul launched a scathing attacking against the Naveen Patnaik led BJD government in Odhisha over the chit fund issue. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi remote-controls Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik because the chief minister and his ministers have connections in chit fund scams,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Rahul interacted with the intellectuals as part of the Congress' outreach efforts ahead of Lok Sabha polls where he targeted the RSS, alleging that the BJP's "mothership" was trying to penetrate and control all institutions and its imprint was evident everywhere be it "North Block and the South Block" which has led to chaos in the country including the judiciary.

Gandhi also added unlike the BJP, his party "respects decentralisation, independence of institutions and constitutional advances". He said that their fight was against the ideology that "one state, one ideology and one set of people should run the country" and stressed that the nation should be driven by its 1.2 billion people.

He criticised the Modi government over the issue of loan waiver to industrialists, implementation of GST and MGNREGA and Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme. Gandhi said he takes "constant abuse" by the RSS and BJP as a "gift" which has strengthened him as he has learnt a lot from them. He said he will recommend that Prime Minister Narendra Modi read "the Gita (holy book) a couple of times. I also recommend him to read the book 'I am That' by Swami Nisargadatta."

The book teaches you how insignificant you are when compared to the universe, Gandhi said. "You currently have one institution called the RSS, mothership of the BJP, which believes it should be the only institution in the country. They want to penetrate into all other institutions and control them," he said.

This mindset has led to chaos everywhere in the country, including areas of judiciary and education, Gandhi said. "You can see these imprints of RSS if you go to North Block and South Block. We simply believe that one state, one ideology, one set of people should not run this country. We believe that 1.2 billion people should run this country. We defend this," Gandhi said.

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First Published : 25 Jan 2019, 06:50:14 PM