Congress is Alive For Farmers Welfare: Rahul

  • Gives two- lakh checks to kin of 12 farmers

HYDERABAD: Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, today went on a ‘padayatra’ in Adilabad district to console the kin of farmers who committed suicide due to financial problems.

Clad in a white kurta-pyjama, the 44-year-old, Amethi MP launched ‘Kisan Sandesh Yatra’ from Koratikal village. Party general secretary, Digvijay Singh, and top functionaries of the party’s Telangana unit accompanied Rahul.

Rahul first visited the house of Velama Rajeshwar, who committed suicide on May 2 following huge-crop loss. He also consoled kin of five deceased farmers and gave away two-lakh rupees each to the families of the deceased.

Rahul also visited Lakshman Chanda, Koratikal, Vadial and Rachapur other villages and consoled Rajeshwar, Linganna, Asmanna, Gangadhar and other families of the deceased farmers, respectively. This is his first visit to Telangana after the formation of the new state, following bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking on the occasion, he asserted that his party was alive for the welfare of the farmers. He said it was the onerous responsibility of the state governments to take welfare schemes to the doorsteps of the farmers and people in distress. He tried to instill confidence among the farmers saying that the Congress would fight relentlessly for their cause. As the family members spoke in Telugu, TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy helped Rahul in comprehending the problems faced by them. He also provided financial assistance of two-lakh rupees to the family.

Sitting on the floor with the family members of a farmer, Rahul enquired about their problems. Linganna’s wife told the Congress leader that her husband committed suicide following huge crop loss, and the inability of the farmer to repay five-lakh rupees in loans he had raised from private lenders. Rahuladvised her to give proper education to all her three daughters.

Rahul’s program was aimed at consoling the kin of deceased farmers as well as to rejuvenate the ‘ailing’ Congress Party in Telangana State. Though cancellation of Hyderabad trip left the Congress leaders in a tizzy, they could make it to Adilabad.

Rahul recalled that the UPA Government had implemented several welfare schemes for the farming community in the country. He also wooed the farmers by saying he had spent a day in scorching sun, while formers spend whole life in scorching sun.

The padayatra began one-and-half-hour behind schedule as the Congress leaders reached Nirmal in large number of vehicles, leading to a traffic jam. Holding party flags and raising slogans, party activists accompanied Gandhi. He made a brisk walk for about 15 km in Adilabad district.

TPCC chief Utham Kumar Reddy, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and former MP Vivek and others followed their leader. Former ministers Jana Reddy, Damodar Raja Narasimha, Sreedhar Babu, Danam Nagender, Geetha Reddy, Sabitha Indra Reddy, Sunitha Lakshma Reddy, MLA Vamshichand Reddy, former MP Ponnam Prabhakar and others were present. (NSS)

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