Rahul Gandhi interacting with farmers at Mandi Gobindgarh.
Rahul Gandhi reaches Mandi Gobindgarh.
Rahul has started for Mandi Gobindgarh.
He hears grievances of farmers, including lifting of crops and crop damage.
Rahul Gandhi meets farmers in Sirhind amidst heavy chaos. He also meets labourers.
All India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi reaches Sirhind, Punjab to meet farmers.
The Offical handle of the party tweeted:
Rahul Gandhi is visiting Khanna and Gobindgarh in Punjab on Tuesday and will take stock of the situation in the state's grain markets where farmers are finding it difficult to sell their produce after the recent unseasonal rains.
The visit comes at a time when farmers in the region have accused the government of tardy wheat procurement. The state has also been witnessed suicides by farmers.
Gandhi will be travelling by train and is scheduled to reach the region by the late afternoon, sources said.
Interacting with mediapersons, as he boarded the train for his visit, Gandhi said that he is going there to analyse the ground situation.
"I've been told the condition of farmers is very bad. I want to see that myself," he said.
Farmers are at the receiving end because of tardy purchase at most procurement centres. Farmers are forced to sit by their produce and wait for things to move. Mandis are choked with wheat and stuffed gunny bags, 7.7 lakh of which lie in Asia’s largest procurement centre at Khanna, waiting to be lifted.
Angry over the tardy wheat procurement process, farmers on Monday blocked rail traffic on the Amritsar-New Delhi line near Jandiala, 20 km from here. Protesting under the banner of Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC), around 500 farmers and farm labourers held a sit-in on the rail track at 12:45pm and said that the dharna would continue for the next 48 hours as the government had failed to address farmers’ issues in the state.
Congress leader Amarinder Singh had yesterday suggested that Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal stage a dharna along with his ministers outside the Prime Minister's Office to seek his attention on farmers' issue.
The Congress Deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, after visiting grain markets of Patiala and Khanna, had said, "If Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not giving time to Badal, he should better stage a dharna instead of loitering around and issuing hollow threats to seek his attention."
Khanna grain market is considered one of the largest grain markets in Asia.
Congress has been alleging that the government is not purchasing the produce of farmers adequately.
The Congress Vice President had recently attacked the government, alleging that it was "ignoring" the farming community and favouring the industrialists and rich people.
He has also accused the government of giving out contradictory figures about the damages suffered by farmers during the recent unseasonal rains.
Gandhi, who was absent in the first half of the Budget session, owing to his 56-day leave, has been raising issues related to farmers and youths since he resumed party work.
The Congress vice president also plans to undertake a padyatra from either Vidarbha in Maharashtra or the Telangana region, from the first week of May to connect with farmers.