Charama (Chhattisgarh): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had waived 15 select industrialists’ loans worth of Rs 3.5 lakh crore in the past four to five years.

Rahul made these remarks while addressing an election rally in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh.

"In the last four-five years, Modiji gave Rs 3.5 lakh crore to the 15 richest people. While an amount of Rs 35,000 crore is needed yearly to run the MGNREGA scheme in the country, he waived loans worth 10 times that amount of 15 select industrialists," Rahul alleged, according to PTI.

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The Congress chief said he wants to give the keys to the treasury to the farmers, youth, poor, women and tribals.

"Modiji has given the keys to the treasury to 15 select people but the Congress wants the keys to be given to farmers, youth, poor, women and tribals," he added.

Rahul said he wanted Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to become agriculture centres in five years and provide food, fruits and vegetables to the country.

Saturday was the last day of campaigning for the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections. The 90-member state Assembly will go to polls in two phases - November 12 and 20.

(With inputs from PTI)