Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited drought-hit areas in Aurangabad district Tuesday. He promised farmers prompt measures to remove water and fodder scarcity.
The problems of water and fodder supply in drought-hit areas would be taken up on a war footing, Gandhi said.
After landing in Aurangabad,he went to Phulambri tehsil,where he interacted with villagers at Nidhona.
In adjoining Pimpal,he rode pillion as he took a round of the village with a resident.
Rahul,accompanied by CM Prithviraj Chavan,forest minister Patangrao Kadam and state Congress president Manikrao Thakre,inspected work under MNREGA at Nidhona.
It was supposed to be a two-day visit but the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh seems to have made Congress change his itinenary.
Gandhi was to initially visit Osmanabad district but the plan was changed at the eleventh hour,sources in Congress said. A senior party leader said,Aurangabad district was given priority as state Congress has been working to strengthen this constituency which is a Shiv Sena stronghold.
Osmanabad,though worst-affected by drought,is NCP-dominated and state Congress leadership felt Rahul visiting the district wont change much.
Moreover,they feared complaints in Osmanabad would play a spoilsport and affect state government image. Drought management in Aurangabad has been better than Osmanabad.