Bhabanipatna: With the General elections are just round the corner, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday tried to lure the voters with a promise of minimum income guarantee for every poor family across the country and hiking minimum selling price of paddy to Rs 2600 for the farmers here in Bhawanipatna in Odisha's Kalahandi district.
Addressing a rally in Bhawanipatna, Rahul said, “We will roll out the minimum income guarantee for the poor and no force on earth can stop us from doing that”. Gandhi, however remained silent about the quantum of the minimum income.
Luring farmers, Gandhi further said, “Go to Chatisgarh and ask farmers how much they get paid for selling paddy. It is Rs 2500. Once our govt comes to power in Odisha we would give Rs 2600 within two hours.”
Gandhi lashed out at both Narendra Modi and Naveen Patnaik in equal measure.
Taking dig at Modi led the Centre over its recent budget announcement of depositing Rs 6000 every year into the bank account of the poor, Gandhi said, the amount comes to a mere Rs 17 per family per day. While Rs 3.5 lakh crore has reportedly been waived off as loans of big industrialists by the Modi Government, Rs 6000 per years is simply a joke to a poor, Gandhi lambasted.
Raising the issue of Niyamgiri, Rahul said, Congress is well aware of the people’s bonding with the nature in the region and will restore their rights. We have enacted the acts like Forest Right Act-2006 which empowered the tribals and their rights on the forest.
Gandhi also promised to return the lands to the land owners, if that particular land has not been utilised by the industrialist for which it was acquired within 5 years. “Tata factory was to be built in Chhatisgarh, it couldn’t b built in five years, so Congress government gave back the land to tribals,” he said.