Rahul Gandhi on Thursday visited the family of a debt-ridden farmer at Daddumajra village in Fatehgarh Sahib who committed suicide on June 10 — barely a month after he had met the Congress vice-president and apprised him of crop damage due to unseasonal rain. Surjit Singh had sought waiver of loans and had been assured help.
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Rahul reached Surjit’s house early Thursday morning. He took aside Surjit’s grandson, 10-year old Harmanjot Singh, and spent a few minutes talking to him as people started pouring in.
Later, Harmanjot said: “He (Rahul) told me that we can call him whenever there is any problem. If the phone is not reachable, I can write a letter and he will help me. Then he told me to study hard. He said I have to fulfill the dream of my grandfather who gave up his life.”
Consoling Jaswant Kaur, wife of Surjit Singh, Rahul said he “was like her son” and that “the Congress party is with them through thick and thin”.