Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and gave him a memorandum on farmer issues. Rahul met the prime minister along with other senior party leaders. According to reports, the memorandum included farmers’ demand like loan waiver schemes and other issues. The memorandum also listed the problems faced by the farmer community due to the government’s decision to demonetise high value currency notes.
After meeting the prime minister, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said, “Humne Pradhanmantri ji se kaha vo jaldi se jaldi kisaano ko rahat dein aur unka karza maaf karien. PM ne mana ke kisaano ki halat gambhir hai, karza maaf karne ki baat par unhone kuch nahi kaha sirf suna. (We asked the PM to provide relief to the farmers and waive off their loans. PM Modi agreed that the situation was grave for farmers. He didnt say anything on the loan waiver issue.) The 46-year-old Congress leader also spoke of how the government’s decision to scrap import duty on wheat would affect the farmer badly. “Farmers are committing suicide all over the country, govt removed import duty on wheat — this is a devastating blow,” he said.
Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh was a part of the Congress delegation that met the prime minister. “We met PM on problems faced by farmers, loans, suicides and minimum support price issue. PM has promised to look into the matter,” he said.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the farmer issue in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The Congress MP demanded farm loan waiver from the government in order to provide some respite to the farmers hit by demonetisation. His address was drowned amid protests by the treasury bench over the alleged bribery in AgustaWestland helicopter deals. Azad had reacted saying, “It is the ruling party which is disrupting the House… in both Houses (of Parliament), it is the ruling party which is not allowing Parliament to function. It is for the first time in the history of independent India that the ruling party is not allowing the House to function.”
The opposition leaders are also scheduled to meet President Pranab Mukherjee at 12.30 am on Friday. Earlier on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi had said that he has proof of corruption of the prime minister and will expose him in Parliament. He was, however, slammed by the ruling party and his claim was called a joke.