Congress takes up issue of farmer’s distress with PM Modi

Rajat Kain

File photo of Farmers harvesting wheat crop at a field. Photo - PTI

File photo of Farmers harvesting wheat crop at a field.
Photo – PTI

Congress party delegation, led by its vice president Rahul Gandhi, met Prime Minister Modi today taking up the concerns raised by the farmers post the demonetisation. The delegation handed over PM Modi the representation drafted by the party following a feedback it gathered during its ground campaign in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

“We met the Prime Minister and demanded the loan waiver for the farmers… Farmers are suffering, they are committing suicide. Each day a farmer is committing suicide in Punjab,” Rahul Gandhi told the press after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The government has removed import duty on wheat… this is a devastating blow on the farmers,” he said.

The issue of loan waiver was raised by the Congress party in Rajya Sabha on Thursday but it got lost on the din.

Both the houses saw its proceedings washed out in the current session due to Opposition protest on the issue of note ban. Even the ruling party took to protest targeting the principal opposition party on the issue of AgustaWestland controversy.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting with a delegation of Congress leaders led by party vice president Rahul Gandhi, Dec 16, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting with a delegation of Congress leaders led by party vice president Rahul Gandhi, Dec 16, 2016.
Photo – PTI

“The Prime Minister accepted that condition of farmers is serious, though he didn’t say anything on out demands of loan waiver for the farmers,” Gandhi added further apprising the press about his meeting.

Reportedly, during the meeting, PM Modi told Rahul Gandhi that they should meet regularly”.

The meeting between the two leaders had come barely two days after Rahul Gandhi had claimed of having “information” against the “personal corruption” of Prime Minister Modi on the issue of demonetisation.

Both the BJP and Congress have taken a strong position, seemingly almost irreconcilable, vis-à-vis the issue of banning the higher denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

While the ruling party has called the move as one to fight corruption, tax evasion and terror funding in the long term, the Opposition, led by Congress, has castigated the decision terming it anti-people.