Deoria (Uttar Pradesh): Congress senior vice-president Rahul Gandhi marked the start of his party's UP campaign by targeting both Modi Govt at the Centre and Akhilesh Yadav's state government.
Accusing both of ignoring the farmers and the poor, Rahul promised that all farm loans will be waived and power tariffs for farmers. Farm loan waiver was instrumental in Congress led UPA's victory in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
Interacting with the farmers during his Khat Sabha, Rahul said, " We will make sure that your problems and grievances reach the ears of Modiji." Taking a dig at the PM, he said Modiji had no answer when he asked him "why there is so much difference in the farmers' rate and the market rate."
Accusing the Centre of ignoring the farmers, the senior Congress vice-president said, "Modiji's government is doing a lot for big industrialists. We are not saying do not do anything for them. We are only saying do something for farmers as well."
Trying to end the party's 27-year political power drought in UP, Rahul took on Samajwadi Party for ignoring the plight of labourers. " There were 17 sugar mills in this district, but today all are shut. Who is responsible? The central Government and UP Government have forgotten the farmers," Rahul added.
The end of the Khat Sabha was marked by commotion with people squabbling over the free cots.
By Raman Kumar