After few days of Rahul Gandhi claiming that he had information about “the personal corruption of the PM” – information that would cause a “political earthquake”, he went to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today at parliament.
Raising the plight of farmers who he met with during his extensive tour of Uttar Pradesh – which will vote soon for its next government – Mr Gandhi sought loan waivers for them.
“The Prime Minister accepted that the situation of the farmers is serious… he didn’t say anything about the loan waiver,” Mr Gandhi told reporters. Rahul told the PM that the cut in the import duty on wheat has worsened the situation for farmers,
“Removal of import duty on wheat is a devastating blow. The PM acknowledged that the situation of farmers is serious. On my urging that farmers’ loans should be waived, the PM didn’t say anything, he just listened,” Rahul told the media after his meeting with the PM.
“We met PM on problems faced by farmers, loans, suicides and MSP issue,” said Congress leader Amarinder Singh who was also with the Congress vice president at the meeting with the PM.
On Wednesday, Mr Gandhi was picked by opposition leaders from as many as 15 parties to speak on their behalf. “Read my lips,” he told reporters at parliament, before claiming that PM Modi is “terrified” by the likelihood of “detailed information about his personal corruption” being shared by Mr Gandhi in parliament.
The BJP appraised Mr Gandhi as “desperate” and said he has delivered “the year’s biggest joke.” It is in this context that Mr Gandhi has sought time with the PM, whose decision to outlaw 500- and 1,000-rupee notes he has attacked “as a huge scam.” The BJP’s response: the Congress, linked to mega financial swindles till it lost the general election, should pipe down about scams.