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Rahul Gandhi’s Kisan Yatra to end in Delhi today

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s 26-day Kisan Yatra across poll-bound Uttar Pradesh will culminate at Delhi’s Parliament Street on Thursday.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2016 08:19 IST
HT Correspondent
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi meeting Muslims during his Kisan Yatra in Saharanpur.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi meeting Muslims during his Kisan Yatra in Saharanpur.(PTI Photo)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s 26-day Kisan Yatra across poll-bound Uttar Pradesh will culminate at Delhi’s Parliament Street on Thursday.

During the yatra that started from Deoria in Gorakhpur division on September 6, Gandhi travelled 3,438km, covering 48 districts and 141 assembly constituencies.

Along with Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, the politically important state of Uttar Pradesh goes to polls in February-March next year.

Gandhi also held 26 khat sabhas (interactions with farmers on cots), 26 roadshows and collected 75 lakh application forms from farmers seeking loan waiver. “Our target is to collect two crore forms from Uttar Pradesh by October 31,” Congress spokesman RPN Singh said.

Before concluding his yatra, Gandhi will pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat, former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat and Sangharsh Sthal of late Chaudhary Devi Lal, a prominent farmer leader and founder of the Indian National Lok Dal.

The Congress is expected to raise the issue in the upcoming winter session of Parliament and also in other parts of the country.

“We will put pressure on the government to announce loan waiver and reduce the electricity bill by half. If Prime Minister Narendra Modi can waive off loan of industrialists, why can’t he do the same for crores of farmers?” asked Singh.