Saharanpur (UP) (PTI): Rahul Gandhi today took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his foreign trips, saying while the PM was busy flying abroad Congress stood with farmers and labourers even as he launched a ‘padayatra’ to highlight the plight of sugarcane farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
He also took a dig at Modi’s ‘achche din’ slogan, asking where have those promised good days gone, saying Congress good days will come once farmers, labourers and the poor felt good.
“When Narendra Modi is flying to England, Rahul Gandhi is standing here amongst you in your fields. I want to tell you that we are with you. Congress is standing with you and will die and keep standing with you,” he said, addressing the farmers ahead of starting his ‘padayatra’.
Rahul, who was seen standing next to controversial Congress MLA Imran Masood, who was jailed in March last year for his hate speech against Modi, said, “We don’t want such an India where the poor, farmers and oppressed are unhappy. We don’t want a suit-buit government. We want that India should be of the poor, labourers and small people.”
Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, he said, “When Lok Sabha elections were held a lot of people supported Narendra Modi. He claimed that he will change India. He does not even remember his own slogan of ‘achche din ayenge’. When we talk of ‘achche din’ people laugh across the country. Where are those good days?”.
“He travels abroad, flies to London, Singapore, America, but good days have not come. In India, ‘achche din’ will only come when farmers, labourers, poor, dalits, tribals will have good days. Only then will good days come for Congress,” he said.
Talking about Uttar Pradesh, he asked chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to come forward and keep up to his promise of bringing a change in the state by resolving the farmers’ issue of their pending payments of sugarcane and restarting the sugar mills.
“Akhilesh Yadavji, you claimed to belong to the new generation and promised to change Uttar Pradesh. You still have one-and-a-half years time to change Uttar Pradesh. Go amidst farmers and resolve the sugarcane issue, give money to farmers, start the shut sugar mills and provide jobs to youth,” he said.
The Congress vice president also highlighted how the farmers were not welcome in banks that laid a red carpet for the rich and how the Congress-led UPA waived off Rs 70,000 of farmers’ loans.
He said the government launched the world’s biggest job scheme in MNREGA that provided guaranteed jobs to the poor and gave crores of money in the hands of the poor.
Rahul on ‘padayatra’, bats for farmers
Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Nov 23 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday began a seven-kilometre-long march from here to highlight the problems of farmers, especially cane growers in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing party workers here, he said the Congress was with the farmers and small traders as well as the poor and vowed to keep fighting what he said was a “suit boot ki sarkar” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“We are with you and will try our best to ensure that your interests are protected,” he said in his speech.
Gandhi urged Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to help the farmers.
“Akhilesh Yadavji, you said you will bring in changes… Stand with the farmers and tackle their problems. Help the cane growers and open the closed sugar mills,” he said.