New Delhi: While on his 2,500 km Kisan Yatra from Deoria to Delhi before the UP polls set in, the vice president of Congress, Rahul Gandhi on Day 2 of his yatra, took a dig at the Centre alleging that they let off the biggest defaulter of the nation Vijay Mallya easily but are calling the farmers at his rally thieves.

In his alleged comment targeting BJP, Rahul Gandhi said, “When farmers leave with cots, they are called chors (thieves). When an industrialist escapes with 9,000 crores, he’s called a defaulter.”

Rahul Gandhi is in the state with an aim to put an end to the 27 years of Congress’ political exile in the state. The campaign, Kisan Yatra, has been initiated with the aim of securing rights of the poor, farmers and labourers in government resources.

Ahead of his 2,500 km Kisan Yatra, the Congress vice president had promised a ‘karz maafi’ (debt exemption) for distressed farmers provided the party comes to power in the state. While addressing the people of the rally where he promised loan waivers to farmers and a 50 percent cut in their power tariff, farmers were seen fighting among themselves for the seats. The chaos began when a few of the supporters started picking up the leftovers, like water bottles. After a few successfully managed to pick up the cots, a swarm of people followed suit. There were about 2,000 ‘khats’ (or wooden cots) at the Rudrapur ground of Deoria for seating purposes.

The Congress’ UP election campaign is designed by election strategist Prashant Kishor, who worked with the PM on his 2014 campaign before splitting with the BJP to crossover to Nitish Kumar for last year’s election in Bihar. He is now on a sort of loan-out from the Bihar government for Congress’ bids for Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

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