Lauding the UPA government for extending benefits to the farming class, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that they were committed to making agriculture a profitable venture.
Rahul said this while interacting with farmers at the 'Kisan Sansad' programme, before inaugurating the international horticulture fruit and vegetable terminal market in Sonepat.
"Farmers would be provided with back-up to deal with any financial crisis," said Rahul, who interacted with over 350 farmers called from different corners of the country.
Rahul Gandhi said, "Only Congress backs the farming class, as it does not play politics of caste and religion. We have given green revolution, loan waiver, land acquisition bill."
Rahul said that Congress gave farmers opportunities and choices to progress. Slamming the BJP prime minister nominee, Narendra Modi, Rahul said, "The BJP thinks that only one person can run the government, but the Congress believes in involving all in taking the country forward."
Rahul Gandhi later inaugurated the international horticulture fruit and vegetable terminal market at Ganaur.
Rahul said that his party wants people's participation in governance to achieve the real change. Rahul said that party's pro-farmer policies have benefited over 14 crore people in raising their income level and now efforts would be made to bring around 70-crore people hanging in between middle class and poverty line in the bracket of middle class. "Farming community would be given right to health by ensuring means of keeping good health in the forms of hospitals, medicines," Rahul Gandhi added.
Media barred from covering Kisan Sansad
Elaborate security arrangements made for Gandhi scion restricted the movement of mediapersons, who were asked not to leave the enclosure created for them, near the shed where Rahul was interacting with the farmers. Only lensmen were allowed entry near the inauguration site of fruit and vegetable market. But no was allowed to ask questions from him.