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Rahul’s ‘Khaat Sabha’ ends as villagers run away with cots

High drama prevailed as locals decamped with the nearly 2,000 new cots laid out for the meeting once Rahul finished off his speech in Rudrapur
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Chaos ruled supreme at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Khaat Sabha’ in Rudrapur on Tuesday, held as part of his election campaign strategy of taking out 2,500 km-long Kisan Yatra from Deoria in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

High drama prevailed as locals decamped with the nearly 2,000 new cots laid out for the meeting once Rahul finished off his speech.

In his speech, Rahul slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the later wanted to waive off loans of the rich, but wasn’t ready to do that in the case of farmers.

“Modiji must waive off loans taken by farmers in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere in the country. We have embarked on this Yatra to know the problems of the farmers and to help Modiji understand the situation too,” he said.

“My yatra from Deoria to Delhi starting September 6 is a campaign to secure the rights of the poor, farmers and labourers in government resources,” Gandhi’s office said on Monday in a tweet. The Congress vice-president will cover Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Sant Kabirnagar and Basti, besides Deoria, in the first two days.

Rahul Gandhi’s office said the Yatra will cover 39 districts as well as 55 of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.

“Door-to-door campaign begins from village Pachladi. Met farmers and collected Kisan Maang Patras outlining their demands,” Gandhi’s official twitter handle had said.

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