Simdega | Jagran News Desk: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday addressed his first election rally in Jharkhand and attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that the saffron party snatched the land of the tribals and gave it to industralists and businessmen.  

“Wherever there is BJP government, businessmen are given land, but farmers don't get what they want. Wherever Congress has come to power, we promised farmers' loan waiver and we fulfilled it. I promise the same for the people of Jharkhand,” he said.

Addressing a rally in Jharkhand’s Simdega, Gandhi also said that the party has promised waive farm loans and they will do the same once their government comes to power.

“Wherever we promised to waive farm loans, we did so after coming to power; in Jharkhand too, we will do the same if our coalition is voted to power,” he said.

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He also said that last year elections were held in Chhattisgarh, and within a year Congress changed the state for better.

This was Rahul Gandhi's first election rally in the state. Earlier in the day, Home Minister Amit Shah also addressed a rally in Jharkhand challenged the former Congress President to give an account of his party's development programmes in the region over the past 55 years.

“Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is in Jharkhand today. I would like to ask him to give an account of his party's development programmes of 55 years, we are here with our account of five years,” Shah had said.

Assembly elections are being held in Jharkhand in five phases. The first phase of voting ended on Saturday with 62.87 per cent turnout. The first phase of the polling was held in 13 constituencies across six districts. It was held on Saturday were -- Chatra, Gumla, Bishunpur, Lohardaga, Manika, Latehar, Panki, Daltonganj, Bishrampur, Chhatarpur, Hussainabad, Garhwa and Bhawanathpur.

The rest of the four phases for the 81-member assembly will be held on December 7, 12, 16 and 20 while the results will be announced on December 23.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma