Loans to UP farmers at 1% interest: Rajnath Singh

Bahraich: Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh on Saturday said his party, if voted to power in assembly polls due in Uttar Pradesh early next year, would provide loans at one per cent interest for farmers and at four per cent for traders.

"BJP-ruled states like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand are already providing loan at the rate of four per cent to the farmers," Singh said while addressing a meeting of party workers at Mihipurva area, about 70 kms from here.

The former UP CM said the loan burden on the state would be around Rs 150 lakh crore by the time Mayawati relinquishes her office next year.

There is an acute problem of power, water and floods in the state, Singh said and alleged "farmers are facing immense hardships and corruption under the BSP government."

The senior BJP leader recalled how Mayawati had promised to put Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh in jail before coming to power but could not muster the courage to do so during her over four-years tenure.

Attacking the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, Singh said scams are surfacing one after the other. "If an inquiry is ordered most of the Congress ministers would be found involved in corruption," he alleged.

Singh said that on the issue of corruption, both BSP and SP seem to be standing alongside Congress.