Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of deceiving farmers with promises of loan waivers and vowed to continue the crackdown against corruption.
Addressing a Jan Abhar Rally at Dharamshalah, to mark the completion of one year of the BJP’s Jai Ram Thakur’s Government in the state, he said people were calling him names because his crackdown on corruption had hurt them.
“If the loot had to stop, will they call Modi a thief or not,” PM Modi asked his audience. He further lamented Congress leadership stating that they are scared of the watchman. They are losing sleep that the watchman is not ready to sleep… is not ready spare them… This is the problem.
The remark is seen as a counter to Rahul Gandhi’s repeated effort to accuse PM Modi of corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal during the just-concluded state elections.
PM Modi did not name the Congress as his target for most parts of his hour-long speech but left no one in doubt who he had in mind. He also cautioned farmers against people who make false promises about loan waivers and underlined that political parties should not make promises that they could not keep.
“Only those promises should be made which can be fulfilled honestly and not just to win elections,” he added. Modi said the previous UPA government which had come up with a debt waiver plan before the 2009 elections had finally taken care of less than 10 per cent of the 6 lakh crore farm debt. It had cost the government Rs 52,000 crore and most of it did not reach farmers who really needed the money