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Rahul Gandhi Praises Modi for Opening Bank Accounts, Completes It With a Dig

Rahul Gandhi said the prime minister is aware that speaking about his past promise of depositing Rs 15 lakh each to people's bank accounts will simply boomerang now.

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Updated:April 26, 2019, 7:13 PM IST
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Rahul Gandhi Praises Modi for Opening Bank Accounts, Completes It With a Dig
Rahul Gandhi said the Nyay scheme will strengthen the economy and give people the purchasing power which would in turn kick start the economy. (Image: ANI/Twitter)
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Balasore: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for opening bank accounts under Jan Dhan Yojana.

"Narendra Modi has done one good thing that he opened bank accounts. But he sends money to Anil Ambani. I will deposit that money to those accounts that Modi opened," he said, adding that the party's proposed NYAY scheme was a surgical strike on poverty.

Earlier at a public meeting in Delhi, Modi gave an account of his government's achievement in five years. "Opening of lakhs of Jan Dhan bank accounts for poor every month" also made to his list.

Gandhi also promised to introduce a separate "kisan budget" and bring a law to prevent farmers from being jailed for inability to repay farm loans.

Mounting a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gandhi said if the BJP-led government can waive huge debts of industrialists, why should the distressed farmers be punished.

"A new law will be brought if Congress is voted to power. It will ensure that no farmer is sent to jail for being unable to repay agriculture loan," Gandhi said at an election rally in this coastal Odisha town.

Similarly, a separate budget for the agriculture sector will be introduced which will be presented before the general budget, the Congress chief said.

"We will introduce a kisan budget which will specify the amount of farm loans to be waived a year in advance, Minimum Support Price (MSP) for foodgrains. Places where cold storages and food processing units are to be set up will also be shared a year in advance," he said.

Hitting out at Modi for skipping issues such as unemployment, farmers distress, price rise and corruption which were being raked up before 2014 polls, Gandhi said the prime minister is aware that "speaking about his past promise of depositing Rs 15 lakh each to people's bank accounts will simply boomerang now".

Noting that Congress is not promising to give everybody Rs 15 lakh, Gandhi said Rs 72,000 will be deposited in the bank account of the woman member of each of the five crore poor families per year under the 'NYAY' scheme.

Stating that poor states like Odisha and Bihar will benefit immensely from NYAY scheme, Gandhi said every month Rs 6000 will be given to the poor family whose monthly income is less than Rs 12,000.

(With inputs from PTI)
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