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‘Hum Nibhayenge’: Rahul Gandhi Launches Congress’ Manifesto for 2019; Focus on Jobs, Farmers & Poverty

"We have big plans for farmers. A separate budget for farmers, so they know how much they are getting from the government."

The Indian National Congress party launched its election manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. During the launch of the party manifesto titled “Hum Nibhayenge” — We will deliver — Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the following:

  • When we started this process about a year back, I spoke to P Chidambaram, (Rajeev) Gowda and gave then two instructions. I said this is not a manifesto to be made in closed rooms but this should reflect the wishes of the people of India. I also did not want a single thing in the manifesto to be a lie because we have been hearing a large number of lies spoken every day by our Prime Minister.
  • This is not to be a manifesto made in closed rooms. The Congress party has a lot of expertise but this manifesto should reflect the wishes of the people of India.
  • Narendra Modi is hiding behind something or the other, but he can’t hide from the country’s reality. The country’s reality is that there is unemployment. The reality is that farmers are committing suicide.
  • BJP had said that waiving farmers’ loans is not doable, MGNREGA is not doable. It is true that it is not doable for the BJP, but it is doable for the Congress.
  • We all know how successful MGNREGA was. We want to guarantee 150 days of MGNREGA.
  • We had said that in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan we would waive off farmers’ loans, BJP said that it is a lie. But we did it. Trust us.
  • We have big plans for farmers. A separate budget for farmers, so they know how much they are getting from the government.
  • Secondly, we know how people like Anil Ambani, Nirav Modi, Mehul Chowksi steal from our banks and run away. But if our honest farmers can’t repay loans, they are jailed and it is a criminal offence. We want to change this to make it a civil offence.
  • Health and education are important for the future of India. Thus we have decided that 6 per cent of India’s GDP be used for education. We want to make our premier institutes accessible to all.
  • The narrative is employment, farmers, because this is the reality of the country.
  • I challenge Narendra Modi to debate me on National Security, Foreign Policy and Corruption.
  • Why don’t you ask the Prime Minister why he doesn’t stand in front of you and answer your questions.

Watch the press conference here:

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