In a bid to woo the farming community, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday promised a separate budget for farmers.
Addressing poll meetings in support of party candidates in Lakhimpur Kheri and Unnao, Rahul said, “We will present a general budget and another budget for farmers so that there is no harassment of the farmers. When a farmer is unable to repay Rs 20,000 of bank, he is put in jail and this is depressing. Farmers’ budget will end such atrocities and they will live their lives honourably.”
The Congress chief said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ditched the poor people of the country by not fulfilling the promise to deposit Rs 15 lakh each in the accounts of all citizens.
“We have promised to give Rs 72,000 yearly to around 25 crore people of the country and this promise will be fulfilled at any cost,” he said.
The Congress president also claimed that demonetisation had hit the country in a big way and employment opportunities had come down even as the ruling party promised to provide jobs to two crore persons every year. This promise has proved to be a jumla, he added.
Raising the goods and services tax (GST) issue, Rahul said, “If my party comes to power then traders will not have to go to any office (to deposit tax) for the first three years.”