Find time for poor, farmers: Rahul to Modi

Lucknow, Jan 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi should find time to think about the poor and farmers rather than being worried just about industrialists, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday.

Talking to farmers in Mahoba, during a stopover on his 8-km ‘padyatra’, Gandhi said he undertook the march to hear the problems of farmers in this region and try and find solutions.

He also slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying he should also find time to come and see for himself how bad was the condition of farmers in the region.

“By merely talking of farmers, you cannot wish away their problems. Come and see the barren lands and the dry soil here,” Gandhi said.

Stating that the then UPA government at the Centre had released a special package for Bundelkhand, he asked the state government why had the money not reached the beneficiaries.

Gandhi also targeted the NDA government for failing to curb price rise and asked the people present if they had ever, in the past, eaten pulses costing Rs.250 a kg.

Referring to Modi’s promise during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign that he would bring back black money stashed in foreign bank accounts so that Rs.15 lakh is given to each Indian, he asked people to question Modi when their share would come.

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