GUWAHATI: A day after chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma allegedly took a ‘u turn’ and termed his microfinance loan waiver promise as a political statement amidst poll rallies and said that the loan waiver scheme would have various riders; Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) accused Sarma of breaching of trust.
The Opposition party alleged that Sarma had not only made the loan waiver an attractive electoral promise but even after taking charge as the chief minister announced in the Assembly that the promises made will be followed word by word.
“Hence how did the promise now become a ‘political statement’? What will happen to those lakhs of women debtors who believed the then finance minister’s words as ‘xilor rekha’ or written on stone thinking of him as their saviour? Why didn’t he say to these innocent women that guidelines will be applicable? Lakhs of women will be left out due to these guidelines,” said Bobbeeta Sharma, APCC media cell chairperson.
The Congress leader took a jibe at BJP leadership and said that BJP has been riding to power across the country based on false electoral promises.
She added, “Voters should not forget the promises made that Rs 15 lakhs would be credited in every citizen’s bank accounts. Unemployed youths should not forget the promises made of 2 crore jobs every year. Immediately after the election, we have also seen how they betrayed the tea garden community by not keeping their earlier promise of increasing the daily wage to Rs 351. The tea garden community should also not forget this great betrayal.”
Congress said that BJP poll promises mean nothing but ‘jhumlas’.
The APCC also demanded the state government to immediately release a white paper on the total number of women debtors, how many women will be able to avail of the loan waive as per the different categories and guidelines subscribed by the government and how many women will not be able to avail of the loan waive as per their guidelines.