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Rahul assures potato farmers FDI

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Friday came out openly in support of FDI in the retail sector saying it would help farmers.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2011 23:59 IST
Haidar Naqvi
Haidar Naqvi
Hindustan Times

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday supported FDI in retail for the benefits of Farrukhabad's troubled potato farmers.

Potato is the main crop in Farrukhabad and Kannauj.The situation is quite grim for the potato growers because of a bumper crop and the absence of proper marketing facilities.

“A packet of potato wafers made of half a potato is sold for Rs 10, and you get one rupee for a kilo of potato that reaches home for Rs 10,” he said.

“FDI can only script the change for you, bring you what you long for,” Gandhi said to a thunderous applause.

In Kannauj, whose MP is SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, he played the Muslim reservation card.

“The reservation to Muslims is in the hands of the Prime Minister and not Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP chief),” he said, adding “it will be a reality for the community shortly”.

First Published: Dec 16, 2011 14:27 IST

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