Shivraj Chouhan has accused Congress of lying about exemptions from agricultural loans, his flagship election promise.
In the midst of addressing a demonstration in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi turned to Chief Minister Kamal Nath with a request for a list he had previously shown on his cell phone. The list, with the names of the beneficiaries of the agricultural loan waivers from the state, contained two names that apparently needed special mention.
These were the names of the brother and uncle of former Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan; Rohit Singh and Niranjan Singh. "Prime Minister Kamal Nath said that Mr. Chouhan's brother and his uncle's son have also made use of the loan waiver scheme," said Mr. Gandhi.
The exercise seemed to be a rejoinder to the BJP leader who accused the Congress government of lying about his flagship election promise.
Loan exemptions up to Rs 2 lakh have been made by 21 lakh farmers in the state since last December, according to government records. Senior congress leader Suresh Pachouri had on Tuesday dumped bundles of documents outside Mr. Chouhan's home as & # 39; proof & # 39; of the loan waivers. The senior BJP leader rejected this as a "bundle of lies," the new PTI agency reported.
Mr. Chouhan has been a fierce critic of the government of Congress since he came to power last year, and after 15 years has driven the BJP government away. Decoupling of agricultural loans, the great pre-polling promise from Congress that helped the party win the state elections, has been the focus of Mr. Chouhan's attack on the state government. He has repeatedly accused Congress of renouncing his election promise.
"Before the Assembly conducted polls last year, they promised to waive corporate loans in just 10 days after they came to power." The congress has betrayed the poor farmers, "he had said.
Mr. Chouhan claimed that the Congressional government was supposed to give Rs 48,000 crore to farmers, but instead gave only Rs 13,000 crore.
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