PM Modi attacks ‘lollipop company’ Congress, asks farmers to be wary of their sops and promises

Ghazipur (Uttar Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday continued with his attack on the Congress over its “unfulfilled” loan waiver promises.

Billing it as a “lollipop company” that had no real concern for the country’s farmers, the Prime Minister asked the gathering to be wary of the sops and promises assured by the Congress. He was addressing a rally at Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

“These people are trying to lure you by short-term benefit announcements and promises but all this will not help” he said in an apparent dig at the Congress which has rolled out loan waivers for farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan after its victory in the assembly elections that dislodged the ruling BJP.

“Many people are having sleepless night because this watchman is on duty. To improve your living condition, this watchman is working round the clock,” he said, adding, “Taatkalik fayde ke liye ki gayi ghosnanyein kabhi sarthak nahin ho sakte (Announcements made for instant benefits won’t be successful in the long run).”

“All these announcements are being done to fool the people,” the Prime Minister said.

Referring to the long queues of farmers for urea in Madhya Pradesh, where the Congress recently came to power after 15 years, Modi said this was an example of what hasty promises with an eye on votes can lead to.

He alleged that the black-marketeers have come into play in Madhya Pradesh, and the people were paying the price of voting for those who make false and hollow promises.

Modi also tore into the Congress-supported JD-S government in Karnataka.

He said while Congress had promised a farm loan waiver in the state and had made a “government through back door”, the state’s farmers had been cheated.

“They gave the lollipop of a farm loan waiver, votes were stolen but so far only… the loans of 800 farmers have ben waived off,” Modi said while exhorting people to understand “such games”.

“What are these promises, and what are these games…” the Prime Minister chuckled as the crowd cheered.

Modi also laid the foundation stone of a medical college in Ghazipur and released a commemorative postal stamp on Maharaja Suheldev. “Several important steps have being taken to transform Purvanchal into a big medical hub and to strengthen the small industries of UP,” he said.

The prime minister will also address a meeting in Varanasi later in the day.

(With agency inputs)