Rahul meets Modi, opposition parties irked

A Congress delegation led by its Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi espousing the cause of farmers but the move led to cracks within the opposition.

A Congress delegation led by its Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi espousing the cause of farmers but the move led to cracks within the opposition.

In a memorandum submitted to Modi, Gandhi demanded a waiver of loans given to farmers and urged the government to halve their electricity bills and provide higher MSP for crops.

But the other opposition parties, which backed the Congress over demonetisation and other issues in Parliament, were miffed over Gandhi's decision to meet Modi after threatening to expose his corruption.

"People are upset the Congress went to meet the PM alone. They (Congress leadership) think Congress is an ocean and we should all submerge. This is natural arrogance. That will not do good to them," Samajwadi Party's Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh said.

The Gandhi-led Congress delegation raised the issue of farmer suicides and asked Modi to write off loans given to farmers like it had been done in the case of corporates. 

"Thousands of farmers are committing suicide across the country. Every single day a farmer is committing suicide in Punjab. We apprised him about the plight of farmers," Gandhi told the media. 

Party leader Azad explained why the Congress went on its own to meet Modi. 

"It was the Congress initiative and our agenda, not of a combined opposition. Where do other parties come in the picture in this?" he said. "I don't know why they are unhappy." IANS

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