New Delhi: Shortly after the newly-installed Rajasthan government of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced a farm loan waiver of up to Rs 2 lakh for farmers in the state, Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted to announce that his party had fulfilled its promise. Similar debt waivers have been announced by the Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as well.
Congress chief ministers were sworn-in in all three states on Monday – Kamal Nath in Madhya Pradesh, Bhupesh Baghel in Chhattisgarh and Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan. While the announcement to waive off farmers’ loans was made in MP and Chhattisgarh on Monday itself, the Rajasthan government announced the move today.
In all three states, the Congress had promised debt waivers in its election manifestos. Gandhi today said his party had asked for 10 days to waive off farm loans, but it had fulfilled the promise in just two days.
“It’s done! Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh have waived farm loans. We asked for 10 days. We did it in 2,” the Congress chief wrote on Twitter.
During the election campaign, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had promised a loan waiver to farmers within 10 days of forming the government. To fulfil this commitment, we have announced the farm loan waiver,” Gehlot said today, while announcing the move.
The Rajasthan government has waived off short-term loan of up to Rs 2 lakh taken from cooperative banks. The move would cost the state exchequer Rs 18,000 crores.
Congress had won the elections in the three key Hindi heartland states last week, defeating the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.