Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, in an address to the farmers in the Uttar Pradesh sugar belt on Sunday, reiterated his demand to the government to waive off the farmers’ loans.
Speaking at public meetings in Sathiyaon (Azamgarh) and Bhadsar (Ghazipur), Gandhi said he would submit the farmers’ demand letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon.
Continuing his attack on PM Modi, he raised the ‘selfie issue’, saying: “Modi takes selfies. He enjoys foreign trips. Inki masti kam karni hai. He will have to pay attention to farmers.”
“Modi ji goes to the US, meets his friend Obama and takes selfie with him, then he moves to China where he takes selfie, then he goes to Japan and takes selfie,” Gandhi said.
Gandhi also attacked other opposition parties, saying that when the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was in power in UP, the elephant (BSP’s symbol) ate up funds.
“People replaced it with SP (Samajwadi Party), which constructed roads that are not worth even for a cycle (SP symbol) to run on them as it gets punctured. I thought Akhilesh Yadav would carry out development in UP but that did not happen,” the Congress vice-president said, attacking the UP chief minister, on the sixth day of his yatra.
The Gandhi scion, who is on a 2500-km ‘Deoria to Delhi yatra’ to connect with the masses in the run-up to the 2017 state assembly polls, resumed his campaign from Azamgarh and after holding a series of meetings in Mau, he will reach Ghazipur.
Azamgarh is the parliamentary constituency of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Later at a ‘khat sabha’, Rahul blamed RSS and BJP for creating rift in the society “as they were experts in creating trouble”. He said the Congress, however, always talks of peace and harmony.
After the Congress leader left, some people again took away a few ‘khats’ or cots.
Gandhi also called on some anganwadi workers and reminded them that the previous Congress-led UPA government had increased their remuneration.
The Congress vice-president also gave a brief speech in Muslim-dominated area of Mubarakpur.