Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi added to the on-going debate on surgical strikes accusing the ruling party of indulging in “politics on the sacrifice” of the soldiers. Gandhi made these remarks in New Delhi while concluding his month-long Kisaan Yatra in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
“Prime Minister is doing politics on the sacrifice of our jawans,” he said while addressing his party workers.
Terming the remarks “shameful”, the ruling BJP strongly criticised Rahul Gandhi.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi covered 141 assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, crossing over 2500 kilometres, before commencing his Kisaan Yatra at Parliament Street in New Delhi.
During his 26 road shows and 700 meeting, called as Khaat Sabhas, he raised issues concerning agrarian crisis, loan waiver for the farmers, besides taking on the ruling BJP at the Centre. He often accused the Centre and especially Prime Minister Modi of “not paying any heed to the problem of farmers” and instead “working in the interest of the Corporates”.
“Rahul Gandhi will fight for the farmers from streets to the Parliament. We will put pressure on the government to act and help the Indian farmers,” former MP RPN Singh said while speaking on the sidelines of one of the rallies.
During the rally, Congress workers collected the feedback from farmers of UP, which the party leadership aims at submitting before the Modi government demanding loan waivers for the farmers.
Rahul Gandhi kick-started his Kisaan Yatra, also called ‘Deoria to Dilli yatra’ in order to revive his party in Uttar Pradesh…its stronghold once upon a time. Gandhi’s yatra is considered significant given the fact that the Congress has been in political wilderness in the electorally crucial state for the last 27 years.
This is Gandhi’s third attempt to usher in life and energy into his party’s moribund organisation in the state after taking the mantle in 2007 and 2012 assembly polls. UP will poll early next year to elect new state government.
In a dismal performance across the country in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Congress party could win only two of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 Lok Sabha seats.