A day before the campaigning ends for the first phase of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi promised to write off farmers’ loans if his party is voted to power in the state.
Gandhi launched his two-day electioneering tour from BJP chief minister Raman Singh’s constituency of Rajnandagaon, accusing the state and central governments of failure to deliver on the promise of providing jobs to youth and security to farmers.
“We have a prime minister who, before the election, promised Rs 15 lakh to every citizen and employment to the youth, but after the election told the people to lift the broom and start cleaning,” Gandhi told the crowd, chiding at Narendra Modi.
The Congress leader claimed that he would not make “false” promises like BJP. “If elected to power, the Congress will write off the debt of each farmer in Chhattisgarh in 10 days,” he promised. Gandhi said the governments in Punjab and Karnataka announced a loan waiver soon after coming to power earlier this year to keep the party’s promise in the election campaign.
In the first phase of election to 18 constituencies, Congress had the edge in the 2013 polls, winning eight out of 12 seats in the NaxaldominatedBastar division. But, BJP did well in the second phase to retain power in the state for the third consecutive term, though the victory margin has been thinning every time. In the last elections, the margin between the two national parties in vote share was just 0.8%.