Rahul Gandhi's next stop Vidarbha, to hold padyatra tomorrow

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2015 15:28 IST

Ratcheting up pressure on farmers' issues, Rahul Gandhi's next stop will be Vidarbha in Maharashtra where he will hold a 15-km 'kisan padyatra' (footmarch) on Thursday as he criss-crosses the country to reach out to the farmers in distress in various states.

The Congress vice president, who met farmers in Punjab on Tuesday, will commence his foot march from village Gunji at 7am on Thursday and end it at Ramgaon.

Maharashtra is one of the states that experienced severe agrarian crisis and Amravati division in Vidarbha region has witnessed many farmer suicides this year.

According to the programme released by his office, Rahul will also visit Rajana and Tonglabad villages in Amravati district on Thursday.

He will also be visiting a number of districts in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab and Telangana.

Rahul had on Tuesday taken his fight against the contentious land acquisition bill to Punjab as he travelled by train to visit the NDA-ruled state and vowed to raise voice for farmers on every platform.

As Congress is seeking to make land acquisition bill a major issue to arrest its sliding fortunes, Rahul's public outreach plan is aimed at galvanising the party cadres and broadening the party base among farming communities.

Rahul's march is also seen as an exercise to connect the party with grassroots after its worst-ever debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in which its tally came down drastically to 44 from 206 in the 2009 general elections.

Its woes did not end there as the drubbing in Lok Sabha polls was followed by a series of defeats in state elections.

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