New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 19: Taking a cue from Congress applauding, now BJP has come forward of a big waive-off of loans in Gujarat and Assam. So basically now there is a competition between the BJP and Congress; who can provide how much freebies in name of farm loan waivers, electricity bill waivers etc. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday that he will not let Prime Minister Narendra Modi sleep until all farms loans have been waived, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Sunday blamed the Congress for the agrarian crisis in the country.
(BJP) governments in Gujarat and Assam on Tuesday decided to waive rural electricity bills and farm loans respectively, to the tune of Rs 650 crore and Rs 600 crore. The announcements came a day after the newly-formed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh waived farm loans. The new Congress government in Rajasthan is also expected to do the same shortly.
The BJP government in Assam has approved Rs 600 crore farm loan waiver which it said will benefit around eight lakh farmers of the state, a move that comes in the backdrop of debt woes of farmers becoming a major issue in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held on Monday, 17 December night. Assam is the third state to waive farm loans in the last few days after the newly formed Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh announced it on Monday.
Gujarat’s energy minister Saurabh Patel said the electricity bill waiver would benefit 6.22 lakh people in rural areas across the state. The minister added that these connections were cut off due to power theft and non-payment of bills. “These are domestic, agricultural, as well as commercial connections,” Patel said.
None of the parties is ready to understand that these waivers are not a long-term solution and that it will affect the economy in the long wrong run. Each political party is working keeping in mind the forthcoming general elections and is guided by a single mantra: How to woo the voters.