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LIVE: Govt of Maharashtra and Centre ignoring farmers’ plight: Rahul Gandhi in Vidharba

He will start his walk from Gunji village in Amravati district.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 30, 2015 4:53:12 pm
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Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi landed in Nagpur on Wednesday to begin his day-long kisan padyatra to highlight agrarian crisis in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. He has started his walk from Gunji village in Amravati district.

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Maharashtra is one of the States that has experienced severe agrarian crisis and Amravati division in Vidarbha has witnessed many farmer suicides this year.

Here are the LIVE updates: 

4.40 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his Government was ready to accept suggestions from Rahul to improve the condition of farmers but he should avoid playing politics over farm issues.

4.05 pm: In Haryana, the agricultural minister said that farmers who committed suicide were cowards. That is why I came here, says Rahul Gandhi.

4.02 pm: The Govt of Maharashtra and Central Govt are ignoring the farmers: Rahul Gandhi.

4.00 pm: I have come to Vidarbha before but have not never seen a situation like this: Rahul Gandhi.

3.50 pm: The Minimum Support Price has not been increased by the new government and bonus is also not being given to farmers, says Rahul Gandhi.

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3.45 pm: The biggest problem farmers are facing is of loans, says Rahul Gandhi.

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12:38 pm: His (Rahul) Govt was in power in Maharashtra for 15 years, he is also answerable for condition of farmers in last 15 years: Devendra Fadnavis

12:30 pm: Rahul ji has every right to meet farmers and review the situation. It’s good that he’s looking into farmers’ concerns: Devendra Fadnavis

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10:01 am: Rahul marched to Shahpur village, another suicide-prone area, five kms from Gunji in Amravati district, which is represented by Virendra Jagtap of Congress in the Maharashtra Assembly.

10:00 am: Gunji, with a population of 1,200 people, was the first stop in the ‘padyatra’ undertaken by the Congress scion where he also met a group of children from orphanges and interacted with them briefly.

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9:40 am: In Gunji, Rahul met family members of farmers Nilesh Walke and Ambadas Vahile who had committed suicide recently.

9:24 am: Senior party leaders are accompanying Rahul Gandhi in Amravati.

9:20 am: Rahul Gandhi will aim to pacify farmers.

9:00 am: Rahul to connect one-on-one with farmers.

8:48 am: Ahead of his visit, a farmer, Gajanan Sheshrao Khongal, allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a well in Morshi tehsil of the district on Tuesday.

8:46 am: He is accompanied by MPCC president Ashok Chavan and senior state Congress leaders.

8:45 am: Rahul spoke to the people who greeted him and sought to know their problems and the issues affecting them.

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8:40 am: On the way to Gunji, people were seen lined up on roads at Kondhali and Talegaon villages to greet the Congress leader. Rahul stopped at Talegaon for some time, before proceeding to Gunji.

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8:30 am: Rahul, who reached Nagpur last night, left this morning for village Gunji to begin the foot march dubbed as ‘sanvad padyatra’.

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