Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that the Congress, if voted to power in Chhattisgarh, would write off the debts of farmers within 10 days.

At a rally in Rajnandgaon, Chief Minister Raman Singh’s home turf, he criticised the BJP government at the Centre for the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which he called “Gabbar Singh Tax.”

‘No false promises’

Mr. Gandhi said he did not want to make “false” promises as the BJP did. The Congress had promised farm loan waiver during the Punjab and Karnataka Assembly elections and kept its word after coming to power, he pointed out. “If elected to power, the Congress will write off the debt of each farmer in the State in 10 days.” He also promised farmers bonus.

The election to the 90-member Assembly will be held on November 12 and 20 and votes will be counted on December 11. The Congress has been in the Opposition for the last 15 years.

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