Rahul Gandhi chose to rest in the house of labourer Uday Vir in Marorgarhi village on Thursday evening, after traversing 27 km on the third day of his Kisan Sandesh Yatra and targeting the BSP government in Uttar Pradesh.
“Dalals (brokers) are running the state because people are divided,” he told a gathering in Kirpalpur village, his first call after resuming his foot march along the under-construction Yamuna Expressway around 6.40am from Sarol village.
Around 5.40pm at Jikarpur village, he told farmers the Centre’s land acquisition bill would favour them. “We will present this bill in the Lok Sabha and you will see that it will be passed in your favour.”
In between, Gandhi had interacted with villagers in Jahangarh and Kansera, where he broke his march for lunch at the house of Kalyan Singh.
Gandhi continued to attract villagers to his march and many joined him for short distances. Labourers working on the ‘highway’ came down to greet him and he shook their hands. He stopped to meet farmers working in the fields along the expressway.
During his stops in the villages, women greeted him from behind veils and young girls cheered him from rooftops. Gandhi, who has now walked 80 km in three days, was seen responding with enthusiasm.
Help to boy injured in last year’s unrest
“Kya aap meri madad karenge (will you help me),” Ajay Kumar (22) asked Gandhi at Kirpalpur. A police bullet had hit Kumar of Kurana village on his left leg during farmers’ unrest in Tappal last August over land acquisition for Yamuna Expressway. He is still not able to walk properly. Gandhi assured Kumar he would arrange medical assistance for him.