Days after the Modi government announced a hike in the minimum support price for paddy and wheat, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday took to Twitter describing the move as putting “Band-Aid on a massive haemorrhage”. Terming it mere “marketing”, he compared the MSP hike with the farm loan waiver of the Karnataka government. “PM’s grand MSP increase is budgeted at just Rs. 15,000 crore for India’s 120 million farmers; which is like applying a Band-Aid to a massive haemorrhage.”

“To put this MSP increase in perspective: in Karnataka, we’ve waived small farmer loans of over Rs. 34,000 crore! Marketing Vs Action,” he tweeted.

Reacting to the Rs. 200 hike in MSP for paddy, the Congress said it was empty rhetoric.

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