PUNJAB: With an aim to reach out to the inconsolable farmers, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a train to Punjab to meet them. “I am going to Punjab as I have been told that the condition of farmers there is extremely bad. I am going there to know the exact condition,” Gandhi said.
Due to the recent unseasonal rains, the farmers in the state have not been able to sell their produce which also resulted in suicides by some farmers.
The 44-year-old Congress leader will visit Khanna and Gobindgarh in Punjab where Khanna grain market is considered to be the largest grain markets in Asia.
The idea of visiting Punjab comes when the farmers in the region have accused the government of delayed wheat procurement.
On Monday, Congress member Amarinder Singh suggested that the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to stage a dharna along with his ministers outside the Prime Minister’s Office to seek his attention on the famer’s issue.
The Congress Deputy leader after visiting grain markets of Patiala and Khanna stated in Lok sabha, “If PM Modi is not able to give time to Badal, he should better stage a dharna instead of lingering around and issuing void threats to hunt for his attention.”
The Congress has further alleged that the government is not buying enough produce of farmers. The Gandhi scion lately attacked the Centre alleging that ‘it was ignoring’ the farming community and favouring the industrialists and wealthy people.
Rahul Gandhi also accused the Modi government for spreading contradictory figures about the damage suffered by the famers in the latest unseasonal rains.
While he was absent in the first half of the Budget session, owing to his 56-day leave, the Congress VP has been actively raising the issues related to the farmers and youths since he resumed party work.
He also intends to take on a padyatra from either Vidarbha in Maharashtra or the Telangana region, from the first week of May to unite with farmers.