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Rahul Gandhi’s first Lok Sabha speech is about Wayanad, sets up face-off with Rajnath Singh

Speaking during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi highlighted the problems being faced by farmers in Kerala, particularly in his constituency Wayanad.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2019 18:09 IST
HT Correspondent
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (PTI photo)

In his first statement in the 17th Lok Sabha, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi chose to highlight the farmers’ issues, saying that government should ensure that banks don’t threaten farmers with recovery notice over loans.

“Yesterday, a farmer in Wayanad committed suicide due to debt. In Wayanad, bank notices for non- payment of loans were given to 8000 farmers. Under a relevant act their properties are attached against their bank loans, this is resulting in rise in farmers suicide,” said Rahul Gandhi who represents Kerala’s Wayanad in the Lok Sabha.

“I would like to request the Central government to direct RBI to consider the moratorium by Kerala govt and ensure that banks don’t threaten farmers with recovery notice,” Gandhi said during Zero Hour, according to news agency ANI.

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Countering Rahul Gandhi, Defence minister Rajnath Singh said: “People who ran governments for decades are responsible for the situation of farmers,” referring to the Congress’s almost 49-year rule in the country.

Farmers’ issue was one of the main campaign pitches of the Congress in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls and the state elections that preceded them. The party even waived loans of farmers in the states where it formed the governments – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

The Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday presented their first full budget for 2019-20 with focus on agriculture and youth.

While MP earmarked Rs.8,000 crore for farm loan waiver, Rajasthan announced to set up a Rs.1,000 crore fund -- Krishan Kalyan Kosh -- for welfare of farmers.

First Published: Jul 11, 2019 14:01 IST