What can create more turmoil in an already distressed political scenario in Madhya Pradesh, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh’s brother and Congress MLA Laxman Singh on Thursday said Rahul Gandhi must apologise to the people for failing to fulfil his promise of waiving outstanding loans of farmers in Madhya Pradesh within 10 days of the Congress coming to power in the state.
He further added that Rahul should have avoided making such tall promises. “Waiving loans worth Rs 45,000 crore in 10 days wasn’t possible, but still if he (Rahul) made a promise, we should seek forgiveness from the public. If we could not fulfill our promise, we should simply apologise to the public,” News18 quoted Laxman Singh, as saying.
Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a farmers rally in the state's Mandsaur district in June last year, had promised that if his party was voted to power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, farmers' loans would be cancelled within 10 days of the new administration taking office.
"All Congress MLAs, including me, meet farmers daily and they tell us that while the state government has issued them loan waiver certificates, the concerned bank management has told them the loan hasn't been waived off at their level," Laxman Singh claimed.
"What will the farmers do in such conditions?" he asked.
Laxman Singh, who had joined the Congress leaving the BJP just before last year’s Assembly elections, is said to be miffed by CM Kamal Nath for ignoring him for a minister’s post in the government.
Laxman Singh represents the Chachoda assembly seat.
Last month he even crossed party lines to praise the centre for withdrawing Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
"The party leadership meets only a few selected leaders. If it continues this way, (I) don't know what will happen to the party. If the party has to be strengthened, the leadership should meet its workers, and this way in 2024 Congress will be able to come to power," he was quoted by news agency ANI.
"People ask if Amit Shah, who is BJP president, can come and meet their leaders why not Sonia Gandhi do the same," he added.