BJP promises interest-free loans to farmers

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Taraori (Karnal)
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2014 23:00 IST

The central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday announced to provide interest-free loans to farmers, if the party was voted to power in Haryana. The party also announced to introduce all welfare schemes executed in the BJP-governed states to ensure multi-dimensional development of Haryana.

At a well-attended election rally at Taraori, part of Nilokheri (SC) constituency, BJP in-charge for Haryana elections, Kailash Vijayvargiya said the party was sensitive towards the issues of the farming community and a BJP government would provide free loans to peasants.

Vijayvargiya, who is a minister in the Madhya Pradesh government, made the announcement in the presence of BJP national president Amit Shah. The saffron party is yet to release its election manifesto.

He said a similar loan policy implemented in MP had brought significant relief to farmers and the state had registered an impressive growth in the agriculture sector.

“Haryana has an agriculture-based economy and the farming community needs special attention to get rid of problems. The Congress government in Haryana is charging 4% interest on farmer loans and our party does not support it in view of the hardships being faced by farmers of the state. Its land is highly fertile and incentives would improve financial position of farmers of the state,” said Vijayvargiya.

Meanwhile, making an emotional appeal to voters, Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to payback Haryana. “On an appeal, Haryana voters ensured BJP’s victory on seven of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state, which paved way for formation of government at the Centre. Modi had spent eight years while being associated with BJP activities in Haryana and he wanted to payback for the support shown by voters of the state,” said Shah, Modi’s key political aide.

Continuing tirade against BJP’s former ally, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Shah called it a party of goons. “Kal ek election sabha mein main kaha tha ke Om Prakash Chautala (former Haryana chief minister who is lodged in jail) loot te the. Par bad mein mujhe bataya gaya ke woh to lootne ke bad peet te bhi the,” he said.

In his 21-minute address, Shah alleged the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government was neck-deep in corruption and favourtism.

He said while from panchayats to Parliament, voters of Haryana had given electoral mandate to the Congress but Hooda remained busy in allotting cultivable lands to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra. “Hooda ne sara zor is bat pe laga ke rakha ke Sonia madam naraz na ho jaye. Ek (OP Chautala) to jail mein chala gaya hai aura ab doosre ki tayyari hai,” he said.

Shah said the party would provide 24-hour power supply, better health care and other infrastructural developments.

“Give us one opportunity with full majority and the BJP will generate employment opportunities by exploiting Haryana’s proximity to the national capital. Potential of establishing industries has not been tapped fully,” he said.

Lauding Modi’s pro-people vision of development, Shah said the BJP was committed to start an era of initiative in the public welfare and national security.

Attacking Hooda for blaming the Centre on poor pricing of rice, Shah said higher mandi rates were responsible it.

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Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address 10 election rallies starting from October 4. The first will be held at Karnal, he said.

‘Bolnewala Pradhan Mantri’

Ridiculing former PM Manmohan Singh, Amit Shah said it was pleasant to see a “Bolnewala Pradhan Mantri” in Narendra Modi. “See, the Congress had given a national leader who had never reacted for 10 long years to all national issues,” he said.

Applause from gathering

On the formal introduction of all five BJP candidates from Karnal district — Bhagwan Das Kabirpanthi (Nilokheri); Manohal Lal Khattar (Karnal); Harvinder Kalyan (Gharaunda); Bakhshish Singh Virk (Assandh) and Karan Dev Kamboj (Indri), the gathering gave loud applause.

Saying it with lotuses

BJP leaders had prepared bouquets of lotus — a flower that is not commonly found in the area — wrapped in saffron clothes.

HSGMC member in BJP

A member of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (ad hoc), Amarinder Singh Arora joined the BJP at an election rally at Taraori on Tuesday. He was inducted into the party fold by BJP in-charge, Haryana elections, Kailash Vijayvargiya.

A known detractor of HSGMC leaders Jagdish Singh Jhinda and Didar Singh Nalvi, Arora was showing his political ambitions for the last almost two months.

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