Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit of her constituency Rae Bareli, on Thursday received a large number of complaints about poor electricity supply, lack of drinking water supply, bad roads among other things from the villagers.
At Kelauli village, where she had gone to pay a condolence, a group of women stopped her cavalcade and questioned how would their electricity and drinking water problems would be solved.
Sonia told them that she understood their problems but her party is neither in power in the state (UP) nor at the Centre (Delhi). She in turn asked the women to question the SP government in the state as well as Modi government at the Centre.
“Main aapki samasya samajhti hun, par yahan to hamari sarkar hai nahi aur na hi Dilli mein hai. Aap yahan (UP) ki sarkar se poochho, Dilli mein jo sarkar hai us se poochho,” she told the women.
When a young girl, Sandhya Singh, questioned her what would she do for their problems as she faced difficulty in studying due to the lack of electricity, Sonia replied that she would try to do whatever she could.
Later at Asha Nanda village, women stopped her with similar problems and told her that due to lack of electricity they are facing difficulty in irrigating their fields. Some of the villagers complained that they have not received any compensation for their crop loss. Sonia pointed out that during the district vigilance and monitoring committee meeting, SP minister had claimed to have paid compensation to all the farmers.
Earlier in the day, a large number of locals gathered at Bhuvemau guest house, where Sonia held janata durbar for over four and a half hours. Students, teachers, people with physical disability, women all had lined up to meet Sonia and tell her their problems.
Saba Shakeel (21), a local student of MA Economics who suffers from neuro disorder, was one of them. Shakeel had come to remind Sonia about the promise made by her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during her visit to Rae Bareli earlier. She claimed that Priyanka had promised her a therapy machine, costing over Rs 2 lakh. While Sonia promised to install the machine at a nearby hospital, Shakeel said that she was disappointed as Priyanka had promised one for her. I have difficulty in moving and I’m bound to a wheelchair, that is why I had requested for the machine. How would I go to hospital each day for therapy now,” she told The Indian Express.
There was also a group of teachers from Feroze Gandhi Institute of Engineering and Technology, who requested Sonia to fund study excursion of about 40 students. Sonia advised them to visit North-East and told them to send their proposal to her, one of the teachers said.