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K’taka a lesson for Congress, says PM Modi; will waive loan, says Rahul Gandhi

Modi says a stable government is necessary for development of the state while Rahul promises to return Jal, Jungle, Jameen to people.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 08.44 AM IST
RANCHI: A day before campaigning ends for the third phase of Jharkhand assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed two election rallies on Monday. This was his third trip to the state in the runup to this assembly election and he addressed a rally each in Barhi and Bokaro. Barhi will go to the polls on December 12 and Bokaro on December 16.

Buoyed by the BJP’s performance in Karnataka, Modi focused on the stability factor and targeted the opposition, especially the Congress, for stealing the people’s mandate in the state. “Those who formed the government through back door, ignoring the people’s mandate, have been taught a lesson. The bypoll results are an answer to the Congress which grabbed power through the back door. They are also an answer to all states where the mandate of people has been ignored,” he said, taking a dig at recent government formation in Maharashtra – by the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – where the BJP had finished as the single largest party.

Modi emphasised on the need for a strong and stable government for development of a state. “The people of Jharkhand should also learn from Karnataka. A similar situation should not crop up in Jharkhand,” said Modi. “The Congress has never believed in coalition politics. They have treated allies like puppets in lieu of support.”

The PM cautioned the electorate that in case of a hung assembly, Jharkhand could witness a Karnataka-like situation. He also said that the people might not get the benefit of central government schemes if the BJP did not come to power.

Modi also spoke about the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the Supreme Court mandate in the Ayodhya case.

On the other hand, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP of grabbing land and giving it to a few industrialists. This was his second visit to Jharkhand and he addressed two rallies, in Barkagaon and Mesra in Ranchi. He promised that if the alliance formed the government in the state, farm loans to the tune of ₹2 lakh crore would be waived and the minimum support price for paddy would be raised to ₹2,500 per quintal, as done by the Congress government in Chhattisgarh.

“If we come to power, we will return the jal (water), jungle, zameen (land) of people of Jharkhand. We had promised to the people of Chhattisgarh that we will implement the Land Acquisition Act and no one would buy land without the will of the people,” he said, addressing a rally in Ranchi. “We will implement the same in Jharkhand.”

Gandhi also said that an alliance government would implement 27%reservation for Other Backward Classes.

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