“BJP has one agenda to take away money from the farmers and common man of Jharkhand, grab land from tribals and give it to their 10-15 friends
Simdega: On Monday Congress leader Rahul Gandhi promised to waive farm loans if the opposition coalition comes to power in Jharkhand and vowed to change the state, which has a significant tribal population, just like neighboring Chhattisgarh stormed to power last year by his party.
Addressing his first rally in the Jharkhand, Rahul Gandhi said within a year of coming to power in Chhattisgarh, the Congress government has changed the scenario in the state.
Gandhi said “During the BJP government in Chhattisgarh, the land was taken away from tribals and given to industrialists. We brought tribal bill, forest rights law and ended BJP’s wrongdoings. For the first time in history, the land was taken back from the Tatas and given back to tribals,”.
“Wherever the BJP has a government, industrialists get land easily but farmers and tribals do not get the right price for paddy. Our party ensured the right price to paddy farmers in Chhattisgarh and waived loans in Congress-ruled states,” Rahul Gandhi said.
He added tribals have water, forests, and land, and his party will protect their rights over those resources.
Gandhi said “There is no shortage of wealth in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh but the common people, tribals are not benefiting from it. BJP government is exploiting Jharkhand in the same way as Chhattisgarh. But Congress will change this,”.
He also took a jibe at the BJP government at the Centre over demonetization, saying people of the state had to bear the brunt and stand in queues outside banks, but no “dishonest people” were seen in those lines.
“After all, who benefited the most from demonetization and GST? PM Modi’s friends. PM Modi has 10-15 industrialist friends, who take care of his marketing expenses,” he alleged.
“BJP has one agenda to take away money from the farmers and common man of Jharkhand, grab land from tribals and give it to their 10-15 friends. We do not want such a government, but a government of the poor and the tribals,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Gandhi further said, wherever Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes, he talks of ”Make in India”. “However, not a single youth of Jharkhand got employment from this.” Assembly elections are being held in Jharkhand in five phases. Simdega will go to polls in the second phase on December 7.
The Congress’s Bhusan Bara is fighting against the BJP’s Sadanand Besra from the Simdega seat.
On November 30 the first phase election was held with the polling exercise to the 81-member Jharkhand assembly concluding on December 20.
On December 23 counting will take place. The Congress is contesting the elections in coalition with the RJD and the JMM to take on the Chief Minister Raghubar Das-led BJP.