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After Rahul Gandhi challenge, NaMo retorts: Don’t lie to farmers

Prime News, National (New Delhi), December 27:- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of “misleading farmers” in the name of loan waivers, days after Rahul Gandhi said he would “not let him sleep or rest” until the centre writes off farm loans across the country.

“You know it cannot be done. This is only being done to win elections. To win elections you’re fooling the youth. To win elections you’re stabbing the farmer in the back,” PM Modi said, addressing a rally in Himachal Pradesh to celebrate one year of the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government.

Rahul Gandhi’s challenge followed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh announcing farm loan waivers not long after the new chief ministers took charge. “It’s done,” tweeted the Congress chief, saying he had asked for 10 days while campaigning for the state elections but his party had made good on the promise sooner.

In his strongest reaction on farm loan waivers in recent times, PM Modi said: “If you can’t deliver, tell the farmers that, they will accept it. Don’t lie and play with their lives.”

Targeting the Congress, he said “They did that in 2008 – farmer debt was Rs. 6 lakh crore, they announced Rs. 60,000 crore and they paid only 52,000 crores. In Punjab, before the election, they promised, but nothing was given. In Karnataka too, only 800 farmers benefited and that too was token.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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