Alleging that the NDA government was being run by “selected industrialist friends” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday claimed that while the PM went to different countries, he has not visited any farmer in India in the last one year.
“Modiji went to China, Mongolia, US, Canada and other countries. But in the last one year of his government assuming power, he has not visited the house of one farmer in India, who is facing crop loss,” Rahul told farmers in Amethi’s Inhauna area while starting his three-day tour of his constituency.
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Targeting NDA as a government of industrialists, Rahul told farmers: “This Modi government is not a government of farmers, middle class, small businessmen or poor. This is not your government, this is a government of two or three Industrialist friends of Modiji.”
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Rahul also undertook a 2-km padyatra to the proposed site — in Jagdishpur industrial area — for a food park that was recently cancelled by the Modi government. Addressing farmers from an SUV there, Rahul alleged: “They want to take revenge on me. They want to hurt me but in the process, they have hurt farmers, which has made me sad.”
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For the entire day, Rahul held several kisan panchayats and spoke on one topic — “farmers versus government of industrialists”.
At Haswa village, he told farmers how his dream to build a food park for farmers of Amethi, Rae Bareli and adjoining districts has been shattered by the Modi government. “I wanted to help you get rid of middlemen and directly sell your produce. The food park would have changed your lives, but BJP, NDA and the Modi government turned it down because of revenge politics.”
With Haswa residents complaining that they have not received compensation for crop loss, Rahul went on to summon the sub-divisional magistrate of the area and asked him to promise the farmers that their issues will be resolved in a week.
Speaking to farmers at Shankarganj, Rahul attacked the Centre on the Land Acquisition Bill. “The government run by industrialists will acquire acres of your land at a very low price and sell it in square-feet to industrialists for crores.”
Informing farmers about various provisions of the Bill that was brought during UPA regime, Rahul said: “They (NDA) want the future of your children to go into the pockets of Modi’s industrialist friends. You land is your gold and prized possession, thus, I want you to join me in this battle, which is yours.”
Earlier in the day, asked about NDA government completing one year in office, Rahul said: “Farmers, tribals and poor will give this government a zero out of 10 but industrialists will give it 10 out of 10.” Asked, how many will he give, he said: “Since I am with farmers, I will also give them a zero.”
At a panchayat, Rahul also took a jibe at BJP’s “achhe din” before the Lok Sabha elections. “Have you seen achhe din in the last one year?” he asked farmers.
Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who visited Amethi a week ago, had alleged that UPA could not bring food park to the district. While Rahul avoided questions on Irani, but when asked about the NDA government questioning UPA’s role in the matter, he claimed to know his facts and that the project was cancelled after the NDA came to power.