Akhilesh Yadav bid to repair ‘cycle’ too late, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul was speaking at a khaat sabha in Mirzapur before embarking on the second stretch of his Mahayatra.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published:September 15, 2016 2:20 am
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday took a dig at the ongoing feud in the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s attempts to set things right within the part should have been made much earlier.

Rahul was speaking at a khaat sabha in Mirzapur before embarking on the second stretch of his Mahayatra.

Addressing farmers, he said: “You brought the government of cycle here (in 2012). The cycle is stuck because its rear tyre is punctured.

Yesterday, Akhilesh began an attempt to remove this tyre. But, now four years have passed. If he had to repair the cycle, he should have done it four-and-a-half years back.”

“Chunao ke chaar-panch-chheh mahine pehle aap kahoge, ‘meri cycle tooti hui hai aur main theek karunga’ to uska kya matlab (With a few months left for election, he says he wants to repair his damaged cycle. What is the point in this?),” said Rahul.

The farmers, on their part, raised the issues of minimum support price for crops and closed sugar mills.

Meanwhile, like in Deoria, some people at Wednesday’s gathering reportedly took away the Khats after the event. This, despite announcements at the venue asking them not to do so.

At Mirzapur, Rahul visited Kantit Sharif Dargah and Vindhyachal temple. He is scheduled to reach Allahabad at night and stay at Swaraj Bhawan for the night. On Thursday, he is scheduled to undertake a road show in Allahabad. He is also scheduled to visit the city’s Jama Masjid later. After addressing a Khat sabha in Kaushambi on September 15, Rahul is scheduled to make a night stay at Chitrakoot in Bundelkhand.

Sources said that Wednesday onwards, Rahul would be on the yatra route till September 23. During this time, he would cover several districts of the Bundelkhand region. He would also visit Kanpur, Unnao and Rae Bareli before ending this stretch of the yatra in Lucknow.