Centre’s crop insurance scheme aimed at taking away farmer’s money: Rahul Gandhi

Taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on February 3 said the Centre’s crop insurance scheme is aimed at taking away farmers income to fill up pockets of big businessmen.

At his first rally in Bihar after taking over as party president, Gandhi accused the Nitish Kumar government in the state of making “empty promises” like Modi.

He promised that if the Congress is voted to power in the Lok Sabha polls a number of steps would be taken to deal with farm distress and unemployment.

Raising the slogan of “chowkidaar chor hai” (the watchman is the thief) — an allusion to Modi, Gandhi accused the NDA government at the Centre of committing irregularities in the Rafale deal.

He alleged that policies of the Modi government, including crop insurance, were “aimed at taking away hard-earned money of farmers to fill up the pockets of big businessmen”.

In contrast, he said, his party’s governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh waived farm loans within a few days of coming to power.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot were also present at the rally.

Besides, alliance partners like RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, former Union minister Sharad Yadav and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi were present.


Will never stop fight against ‘hateful and divisive agenda’ of the RSS: Rahul Gandhi on Twitter

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took to Twitter to emphasise that he will never give up on his fight against the “hateful and divisive agenda” of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He shared a video of his election campaign in Bhiwandi city in Maharashtra’s Thane district, where he said the RSS was behind Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, and added, “I stand by every single word I said.”

This comes a day after he seemingly backtracked on his earlier comments – made during his national campaign before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections – and said he did not mean to accuse the right-wing organisation as a whole of assassinating the freedom fighter. An RSS worker filed a defamation case against him for his statements, after which the Supreme Court told him that he “cannot make collective denunciations”.

Senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal told the apex court on Wednesday that Gandhi “never accused the RSS as [an] institution for the crime” and that the petitioner had misinterpreted his statement. Sibal is representing the Congress vice president in the defamation case.

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I will never stop fighting the hateful & divisive agenda of the RSS. I stand by every single word I saidhttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8oaxs5AFeiw 



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