The Congress took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday after he launched the money-transfer scheme for small and marginal farmers, alleging he needs a “face-saver” before the general elections as he did not do anything for them during his rule.
Pawan Khera, the party spokesperson said that the government is now remembering farmers as Congress president Rahul Gandhi keeps reminding it about them and that the states ruled by the opposition party have taken measures to benefit peasants.
Earlier on Sunday, Modi launched the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, transferring the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to over one crore farmers. The farmers will be given Rs 6,000 in three instalments per year.
In a press conference, Khera said, “He (Modi) needs a face-saver. This (scheme) is nothing more than that,” and claimed that such pre-poll measures do not work as they did not benefit the Congress as well before the last Lok Sabha election.
He also questioned Modi’s “silence” on the hooch tragedy in Assam, where 124 people died, and violence in Arunachal Pradesh to protest permanent resident certificates to six communities.
Attacking PM Modi, Khera said, “He keeps travelling from morning to evening, changing clothes three-four times. But the work for which he was elected he does not do, nor does (BJP) chief ministers do. Why are you silent on such tragedies?” “This government is missing in action. We condemn his silence and incompetence,” he added.
The Congress leader also attacked the PM for taking nine days after the Pulwama attack to speak against harassment and violence targeting Kashmiris in different parts of the country.