Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi continued his tirade against the main opponent BJP as he concluded his two-day visit to Chhattisgarh. Charging the policies of the ruling BJP both at the state and at the Centre as anti-poor, he held a 10 kilometres long padyatra (footmarch). Accompanied with local leaders and large number of Congress party workers, Rahul Gandhi began his padyatra from Saradih village in Chhattisgarh’s Janjgir-Champa district early on Tuesday morning.
He also alleged that the BJP government was acquiring land in the name of development, which has not reached the doorsteps of the poor and the tribals.
“They snatch the land of the poor, the farmer and the tribals, but not the rich…They claim they will give employment and development in return of land. Not even a single man or woman I spoke with said they got job,” said Rahul Gandhi addressing a public rally on his second day at Chhattisgarh.
Attacking Taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress Vice-President said he only visits tribal and poor areas during elections to seek votes in the name of development.
“I can write it down, he will not come here before elections. When he comes, he will say ‘we have brought good days. We can bring more good days so vote for us again’,” he added.
Started his Chhattisgarh visit on Monday, Rahul Gandhi reached out to the farmers and local tribals affected by the land acquisition for various projects, including coal mining and power plant projects by building several barrages on the river in the district.
He held series of interaction and one-on-one talks with the village locals and the tribals in his padyatra that covered at least dozen villages before terminating at Darbha, where he held a public rally in the evening.
Also on his agenda was to hear out the local villagers affected by the Polavaram dam project and Kanhar dam project. Polavaram dam is being built on Godavari river in West Godavari district of Seemandhra bordering Sukma district in South Chhattsigarh while Kanhar Dam is coming up in Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh adjoining Surajpur district of the state.
Earlier on Monday, the Congress Vice-President had once again taken on Narendra Modi government over the subject of the farmer’s distress in several states across the country.
“PM Modi makes big statements on the development but has done nothing to help out the farmers in distress. Modi ji talks of development, makes tall promises. But what will happen to the adivasi & their kids” Gandhi said during the rally on Monday afternoon in Madanpur village at Korba.
Making another strong pitch over the emotive issue of ordinance on land acquisition, he had said, “If land is being taken from Adivasis (tribals) then they should have a say in it…Agar yahan khanan hoga to aadivasi apne jungle kho denge”.
(With inputs from PTI)