PM Modi’s MSP hike for crops is like putting band-aid on a haemorrhage: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also termed the Narendra Modi government’s decision to hike MSPs for kharif crops a “marketing” move by the BJP.

india Updated: Jul 06, 2018 19:00 IST
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi interacts with farmers at Tala, on the second day of his visit to Amethi, on July 5, 2018.(PTI File Photo)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Friday Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “grand MSP increase” for farmers is like applying band-aid to a “massive haemorrhage”.

Terming it mere “marketing”, he compared the MSP hike with the farm loan waiver of the Karnataka government.

Gandhi described the Karnataka government’s initiative an “action” that will help farmers to the tune of Rs 34,000 crore against Modi’s Rs 15,000 crore budgeted for India’s 120 million farmers.

“PM’s grand MSP increase is budgeted at just 15,000 crore for India’s 120 million farmers; which is like applying a Band-Aid to a massive haemorrhage.”

“To put this MSP increase in perspective: in Karnataka, we’ve waived small farmer loans of over 34,000 crore! Marketing Vs Action,” he said on Twitter.

The Karnataka government on Thursday announced a farm loan waiver of Rs 34,000 crore for farmers of the state.

The Modi government had on Wednesday announced a Rs 200 hike in MSP for paddy.

First Published: Jul 06, 2018 18:59 IST