1. Farmers hail Rahul Gandhi’s initiative in opposing the Land Acquisition Bill 2015

Farmers hail Rahul Gandhi’s initiative in opposing the Land Acquisition Bill 2015

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was told by several of them that insurance companies were engaging in fraud.

By: | Amravati | Updated: April 30, 2015 5:22 PM
Rahul Gandhi kisan padyatra

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was told by several of them that insurance companies were engaging in fraud. (PTI)

Setting out on a padyatra today to meet farmers in the Vidarbha region of the state, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was told by several of them that insurance companies were engaging in fraud and that the requisite compensation was not paid to them for crop loss.

Rahul this morning launched his ‘sanvad yatra’ from Gunji village in Maharashtra’s Amravati district to highlight farmers’ woes and the agrarian situation in the region.

He will be visiting five villages between Gunji to Ramgaon and will meet the farmers who have suffered crop losses due to unseasonal rain as also the families of those who have committed suicide over crop loss.
Sitting on a jute mat at a temple in Hirapur village, the Congress vice president gave a patient hearing to a group of marginal farmers.

The villagers alleged that “insurance companies were only selecting sample areas for giving compensation while the rest of the farmers were being deprived by them of the benefits due”.

“The insurance companies send their agents who mop up business for foreign giants as an incentive but, ultimately, it is the poor farmer who loses,” a villager, Pandurang, complained to Rahul.

Some of them said that pesticides and fertilisers were being supplied to them at high prices even though the cost of production of such items was quite less.

The villagers also drew Rahul’s attention to the damage their soya crop has suffered in the unseasonal rainfall. Soyabean prices have crashed heavily due to the damages, another farmer said.

Hailing Rahul’s initiative in opposing the Land Acquisition Bill, 2015, in Parliament, the villagers said they was apprehension that farm land would be acquired for
business.
Nearly 171 farmers have committed suicide from 2006 to 2014 in Dhamangaon taluka of the district, the villagers informed the Congress leader.

Under a scorching sun, Rahul went on foot from village to village. The padyatra saw the participation of a large number of Congress workers, particularly from Youth Congress, waving the party flag, banners and posters.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday termed Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Punjab as a “day-long excursion” and “tourism” and asked where was the Congress vice president when a large number of farmers died during the 10 years of UPA rule.

Rahul Gandhi kisan padyatra

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday termed Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Punjab as a “day-long excursion” and “tourism”. (PTI)

“He is resorting to tourism… He is free and welcome to travel across the country,” said Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, when asked about Gandhi’s visit Punjab to highlight the farmers’ plight.

Another senior Union Minister termed the visit as a “day-long excursion” and said such “one-day publicity” measures will boomerang on the Congress party.

“Rahul Gandhi is resorting to a day’s excursion. Where was he when lakhs of farmers were dying during the last 10 years when his party was in power? Such things of one-day publicity are going to boomerang,” said the senior minister.

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij took pot shots at Rahul Gandhi’s journey by train to meet farmers in Punjab, saying from the pictures in newspapers it appears like “a child had run away from his home”.

“After looking at the pictures of Rahul Gandhi sitting in a train like a terrified and scared child, which appeared in today’s newspapers, it appears like a child had run away from his home,” he said in a tweet.

Rahul Gandhi kisan padyatra

“After looking at the pictures of Rahul Gandhi sitting in a train like a terrified and scared child, which appeared in today’s newspapers, it appears like a child had run away from his home,” Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said in a tweet.

He will be visiting five villages between Gunji to Ramgaon and will meet the farmers who have suffered crop losses due to unseasonal rain. He is accompanied by MPCC president Ashok Chavan and senior state Congress leaders.

Maharashtra is one of the states that experienced severe agrarian crisis and Amravati division in Vidarbha region has witnessed many suicide cases of farmers this year.

Ahead of his visit, a farmer, Gajanan Sheshrao Khongal, allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a well in Morshi tehsil of the district on Tuesday.

In Gunji, Rahul met family members of farmers Nilesh Walke and Ambadas Vahile who had committed suicide recently.

Gunji, with a population of 1,200 people, was the first stop in the ‘padyatra’ undertaken by the Congress scion where he also met a group of children from orphanges and interacted with them briefly.

Rahul Gandhi kisan padyatra

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing farmers at Khanna Mandi in Punjab on Tuesday. (PTI)

Subsequently, Rahul marched to Shahpur village, another suicide-prone area, five kms from Gunji in Amravati district, which is represented by Virendra Jagtap of Congress in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Back from a tour of Punjab mandis, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the plight of farmers triggering an uproar in Lok Sabha.

The Congress Vice President accused the government of not procuring the the produce of farmers, a charge that was flatly rejected by Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Gandhi said he wanted to apprise the House of the pain and problems of the Punjab farmer whose produce is lying in Mandis and is not being procured by the government.

Targeting the Prime Minister, he said he is on tours and should also visit Punjab so that he understands the plight of farmers.

Amid protests from BJP benches, Gandhi also took a swipe at the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, questioning whether farmers are not contributing to ‘Make in India’ by providing food to the entire country.

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    mohan
    Apr 30, 2015 at 1:41 pm
    Not sure whether RaGa's tenacity will make an impact now. The Padayatra will help in getting closer with the rural potion. But the same intimacy is not there when the same people are enjoying the power. The three most famous padayatras are by (1) The Bharat Yatra from Kanyakumari to Raj Ghat in New Delhi by former PM Chandrasekhar covering a total distance of 4260 km from January 6, 1983 to June 25, 1983. (2) YSR walked 1475 km covering 640 villages for 68 days in the scorching hot sun across the Andhra state and brought the dynasty back into power in 2004. He was able to reach closer to the hearts of lesser privileged. Scams like Jalayagnam had its origin during his tenure. (3) Environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna marched from Kashmir to Kohima in 1982-83. He travelled 4870 km through Himalayas in 300 days
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      Raj
      Apr 30, 2015 at 9:40 pm
      Rahul "JI" has that trust fund in Switzerland that his gmother and father (Bofors kickbacks) and mother (coal scam, spectrum scam) that he can fall back on. What about the aspirational young Indian youth - they need jobs, income and a desire to live with self-respect. Can't believe our farmers have fallen for this evil, selfish contankarous moron's pathetic tricks.
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        Razak
        Apr 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm
        There is a saying: "crafty evil person go to the extent of even eating butter applied to the head of a corpse as last rite" This saying is true with this Rahul guy and Congies staging this drama of exploiting the saddest incidences for cheap political publicity and personal frequent failed re-launch of the career. These bunch of jokers are so shameless that during 10 years of misrule suicides were manifold. People can easily see through such games and that is why they have booted them out miserably.
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          s suryaprakasam
          Apr 30, 2015 at 9:05 am
          What was RG doing all these ten years of Dritarastra rule except reaping the benefits without accountability.
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            satya
            Apr 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm
            Does Rahul really maaro pads during his Yatra?
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            1. Shamrao Vinekar
              Apr 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm
              All these stunts have been done earlier in Vidarbha in Maharashtra by RaGa earlier without any success.He should think of some other stunt to attract attention of the people who cannot forget easily the farmers' suicide during Congress Rule in same Vidarbha region.Congress has not done anything for the farmers in their 10 year rule and the root cause of today's farmers'condition is due to neglect by corrupt Congress Government Ra Ga is only trying to bring relevance to his position within the Congress party.
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