Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who was scheduled to end his ‘Deoria Se Dilli Kisan Yatra’ on October 4, has now extended it by two more days as he plans to hold a farmers’ rally at Jantar Mantar on October 6.
At the rally, Rahul will attack the NDA government at the Centre for failing to address farmers’ problems and press for waiver of agri-loans, slash their power bills to half, besides raising Minimum Support Price of the crops.
A UPCC spokesman said that Rahul will carry on with the yatra on Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 instead of participating in functions in New Delhi on the occasion. Meanwhile, lauding surgical strikes on PoK by the Indian Army, Rahul expressed his full support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
During the ‘Deoria Se Dilli Kisan Yatra’ meandering through the state, Rahul has been very critical of the Modi government. “I support PM Narendra Modi when he works. It was the first time in his two-and-a-half year regime, that Modiji acted like a PM. I fully support and congratulate Modiji for his bold initiative,” Rahul said during a road show in Bulundshahr on Friday morning.
“Not only me, the entire Congress party is with the PM and the government. I also thank the Indian Army for their sacrifices for the country and their superhuman efforts,” he commented.
Later training his guns at the PM on farmers’ issues, Rahul said the PM cannot be spared for his lapses to address the crippling problems of the community.
Once again, the Congress leader raked up the issue of waiver of agri-loans and hiking the MSP of their produce besides lowering their power bills. He also accepted a memorandum from farmers of the Bhatta- Parsaul area, who had come to attend the Yatra.
Rahul commenced his Yatra from Bulandshahr after a day’s gap as he had to go for a court hearing at Guwahati on Thursday. During the first phase of the Yatra at Mati in Kanpur Dehat, Rahul had lambasted the Modi government for its ‘skewed’ policy on Jammu and Kashmir, saying that it had ‘created space’ for terrorism in the Valley. “I stand by our soldiers and I condemn the Uri terror attack which had the backing of the Pakistan establishment. The PM has to do a rethink on national security as it is serious business,” he had said.