Rahul's Bharosa

Published on May 16, 2015 03:00:00 AM
Congress vice president storms streets of Adilabad villages leading party cadre back to people in distress

Coming down heavily on both the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the centre and Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao in Telangana State for what he called their scant concern for the plight of people, Congress vice President, Rahul Gandhi pointed out that there was a yawning gap between the words and deeds of both.

Addressing a meeting of the party leaders and workers at the end of his Padyatra, at Wadial in Adilabad district as part of his Kisan Sandesh Yatra on Friday, he called "KCR a mini Modi” for being unmindful of the people’s problems like the Prime Minister.

While the Prime Minister, preoccupied with frequent foreign tours, was left with no time for the people back home, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao chose to ignore the poor people and his promise on waiver of loans left the farmers totally disappointed. "The Prime Minister says that he would change the nation and KCR says he would transform Telangana. But both do not keep their words”, he said.

Rahul Gandhi said that both Modi and KCR made tall promises before the elections, but failed to translate them into reality. Questioning whether Narendra Modi government was able to provide at least a single job to the unemployed so far, he said the promise of economic development on a big scale remained a distant dream. So was the case with the "Make in India” slogan as well, he said.

Making light of Modi’s talk of ‘Acche Din’, he said good days had come for the Prime Minister and not for the people. "He wears suit costing Rs 10 lakhs. Can anyone here afford to wear such a costly one”, he questioned.

Rahul wanted to know where were both Chandrasekhar Rao and Narendra Modi when the hailstorms and untimely rains wreaked havoc on the standing crops. Promises made to the farmers on the upward revision of the minimum support price remained just a lip service.

The scion of Gandhi family said Nendra Modi government was taking care of the interests of two or three rich entrepreneur friends and not the farmers. The amendment to the land acquisition bill was proposed to benefit them.

Dismissing the argument put forth by the Centre that several projects did not take off due to non-availability of the land, Rahul questioned as to why the government did not make use of 40 of the unused land given to the special economic zones during the UPA regime.

He said that only 8 per cent of the projects were on hold due to non-availability of land. He stated the government was out to alienate valuable lands to its entrepreneur friends since their value would rise phenomenally in the future. The value of lands, now in thousands of rupees would be up many fold and the farmers would get crores in return in the future.

"The land around the towns may cost Rs 10 crore to Rs 20 crore per acre in the future,” Rahul said. Calling land as gold, the Congress vice president said that the NDA government was hell bent on wresting them to give it away to few people. "The lands abutting the towns and cities would become more costlier in the future. They would be useful to your wards. But the NDA government wants to take them away from you,” he thundered.

Making it clear that, his party was not against development, Rahul Gandhi said the Congress party wanted that economic development and prosperity of the farmers go hand in hand. He said either the farmer or the entrepreneur alone cannot achieve the development and suggested a give and take arrangement between the entrepreneurs and the farmers for ensuring a win win situation.

Rahul Gandhi made it clear that he was strongly against crony capitalism and explained that two or three people getting the benefits from the government would amount to depriving the rest.

He said people started realizing that they committed a mistake by electing the NDA and added that wherever he was going in the country, people are giving the same impression on the government. Wondering as to why the BJP was critical of his visit to the families of the farmers who committed suicides, he said that if Modi and KCR could reach out to the bereaved families, there would have been no need for him to embark on the mission.

"If Modi embraced the farmers, my job would have become easy,” Rahul said. Recalling the kind of support extended by the UPA government to the farmers, he said it raised the minimum support price from time to time. Whenever the farmers had problems, the government raised to the occasion.

Explaining as to why the Congress opposed the amendment to the land acquisition bill, Rahul said that it would take away the protection given to the farmers. The UPA government has incorporated certain conditions for reverting the land back to the farmers if it was not used for five years while making social audit on the use of the land and consent of the farmers to acquire the land compulsory.

If the amendment to the land acquisition bill is passed, the land taken by the government would not come back to the farmers even after 10 to 50 years. The Union government was showing needless haste for getting the amendment bill passed.

The UPA government also had waived bank loans to the tune of Rs 70,000 crores giving a big relief to the farmers and in its 10 year regime it has ensured flow of Rs 8 lakh crores to 6.5 crore farmers in the form of bank loans. It came out with packages to Bundelkhand and to Maharashtra when the farmers faced crisis.

Stating that unless the farmers toil in the hot sun, they would have no yield to harvest, he said he walked just for a day in the sun for their sake. The farmers do the same job everyday all the year round as they have an important role to play in the progress of the country.

The meeting was attended by AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, SC cell chairman K Raju, secretary RC Kuntia, party MP Raj Babbar, Telangana Congress president N Uttamkumar Reddy, working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, Youth Congress State general secretary B Ravi Kumar, CLP leaders K Jana Reddy, Shabbir Ali, former minister D Sridharbabu.

What Bharosa?
He (Rahul) could not create ‘Bharosa’ for farmers because he hardly has anything to give
- BJP leader Kishan Reddy

Has the Cong government ever paid `10 lakh to the families of farmers who committed suicide?
- Law Minister Indrakaran Reddy