Cong promises loan waiver to farmers

Cong promises loan waiver to farmers

Congress leader Navjot Singh Siddhu addresses a press conference during an election campaign for Madhya Pradesh Assembly election, in Bhopal on Nov. 22, 2018. PTI

Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhupesh Baghel, making an appeal to the farmers, said as per the promises made in manifesto, the loan taken before October 2018 would be waived.

He urged the farmers to sell their paddy at the present Minimum Support Price to commence the next season of sowing and paying off the dues; the difference amount would be given to them as promised, he reiterated.

Addressing the media at Rajiv Bhawan, the Congress headquarters, on Thursday, he said the increased amount of paddy is in form of bonus not MSP as centre decides the rate of MSP.

As per the Swaminathan Report, the actual MSP should be Rs 2500 per quintal not as per hike given by Modi government, he points out.

He did mention that one ‘Konsole India’ group has been working for the public relations department, government advertising agency and spreading rumours of differences between the Congress party leaders and also issuing the fake letter reportedly issued from Congress Bhawan.

The Congress legal cell led by former Mayor Kiranmayee Nayak had registered a complaint with cyber cell and even the Chief Electoral Officer, Chhattisgarh has directed cyber cell to file a complaint in this regard, Baghel said.

On status of result, CPCC president said that party will win by  two-third majority and form the government. The number of ministers would be as per the rule. He said party leaders will elect the Chief Minister as per the norm.

“The EVMs technical snag data given by CEO office is lesser but it could be more than 1000,” he claimed. He alleged that complaint has been lodged with Election Commission of India regarding the working of CEO but felt that the autonomy should be maintained.

Raipur Rural candidate and Congress leader Satyanarayan Sharma demanded action should be taken against Excise Commissioner as without his knowledge the liquor, i.e. 13 lakh litres could not have been released which was caught by the teams of Election Commission.