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PM waived loans of 22 people but couldn’t give Rs 9,000 Cr for HP Monsoon disaster: Rahul


, May 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waived loans worth Rs 16 lakh crore of 22 people in the last 10 years but could not give Rs 9,000 crore to deal with the disaster caused by monsoon rains in Pradesh last year, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday.

Addressing an election rally at Nahan in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmaur district, Gandhi said that rather than helping the hilly state, Modi made an attempt to “steal” its elected government.

His statement came days after PM Modi alleged wrongful distribution of Central flood aid by the Congress government in the state and promised action.

Gandhi was canvassing for Congress candidate from Shimla (SC) Parliamentary constituency Vinod Sultanpuri.

The former Congress president alleged Modi handed over all storage facilities to one person to control the prices of apples. The reference was apparently made to businessmen Gautam Adani, who possesses cold storage facilities and stores in the state.

Share prices of Adani-owned companies rise whenever Narendra Modi is sworn in, Gandhi claimed, adding that under this government the dreams of only 22 people have been fulfilled, while the people of the country remain a mute observer.

“The PM says God makes him do things,” Gandhi said, taking a dig at Modi. “Maybe God wants Modi to help Adani”.

“PM Modi waived loans worth Rs 16 lakh crore of 22 people in the last 10 years but could not give Rs 9,000 crore to Himachal Pradesh to deal with the disaster caused by monsoon rains,” he said.

Multiple spells of extreme rainfall in July and August last year brought Himachal Pradesh to its knees, killing more than 550 people and damaging private property and public infrastructure.

“I want to ask Modi whether this feeling or disease comes (to his mind) in the morning, evening or remains the whole day,” he commented.

Striking a chord with the people of the state, Gandhi asserted, “My sister lives here in Shimla. And remember, Rahul and Priyanka are your soldiers in Delhi and Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and the team of Congress party are your soldiers in the state.”

Gandhi also promised a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price for crops and farm loan waiver if his party comes to power at the Centre.

He said poor families would get Rs 1 lakh every year till they are brought above the poverty line. The former Congress president also promised to fill 30 lakh vacancies in government departments to provide to the unemployed youths in the country.

He claimed BJP leaders were attacking the Constitution by saying they would abolish it and appealed to Congress workers to protect the Constitution by making an effort to ensure the victory of party candidates in all four Lok Sabha seats.

He also said the media has lost its credibility.

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