Continuing with his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for waiving loans of industrialists, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said “everyone gets to read about farmers killing themselves, but no one hears about big industrialists committing suicide”. “It is a farmer who commits suicide because of his problems, and not industrialists. But, the prime minister is busy waiving off loans of his industrialist friends,” said Rahul.
Speaking at a khaat sabha in Bardah area of Azamgarh after a delayed arrival at the venue, Rahul said that BJP leaders were making fun of him after some farmers took away the cots at one of his rallies. “But when people like Lalit Modi and Mallya took crores, they are merely called defaulters, not thieves,” he added.
Targeting the prime minister for his “Mann ki baat” programme, Rahul told the gathering, “Kyon na desh ka Pradhan Mantri UP aaye aur kisano se mile. Par woh kisan, majdoor ke mann ki baat nahi sunna chahte. Sirfa apne mann Ki baat karte hain (Why doesn’t the PM come to UP and interact with farmers? He (PM) doesn’t want to listen to the farmers and the labourers, he only wants to speak).”
Targeting the BSP and SP, Rahul said that after the people of the state made the elephant who used to eat away everything run, they are now stuck with a stationary cycle. Azamgarh is the parliamentary constituency of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
“Akhilesh jis cycle pe baithe hain woh wahin khadi hai. Woh pedal mar rahe hain par cycle chal nahi rahi (Akhilesh is sitting on a cycle but that is stationary. He is pushing the pedals, but the cycle is not moving),” said Rahul, promising farmers that he would fight their battle and pressurise the prime minister to waive their loans.
As Rahul reached the city late at night, he will now start his day Sunday with a roadshow in Azamgarh, and then move to Mau, where the district administration has not allowed his entry into the interior city areas. His yatra will take a two-day break at Ghazipur starting Sunday.