Rahul Gandhi’s Kisan Yatra got over last week in Uttar Pradesh. But the party wants to return to the state again with a mega campaign targeted at the most backward castes. According to an Indian Express report, “Rahul and other top leaders, including CM candidate Sheila Dikshit and State Congress Chief Raj Babbar, will be back in UP soon to highlight the party’s promise of reservation for most and extreme backward castes within the 27 per cent OBC quota. It may not be a yatra but, sources said, the campaign would be extensive. The idea is to woo non-Yadav, non-Kurmi backward castes. The party plans to give tickets to a large number of candidates from these castes.”
On the last day of his Kisan Yatra, Rahul spent the day in Saharanpur, accompanied by party’s newly appointed state vice-president Imran Masood. They held a ‘khaat sabha’ where he targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his claim over “Gujarat Model”. Rahul said that except for two or three industrialists, no on was happy in Gujarat. The Congress vice-president claimed instead of giving money to poor, the Prime Minister “wrote off debt of more than Rs 1 lakh crore of 15 businessmen”. He even termed the PM as a “selfie-taking” and “promise-making machine” whose “core competence is to create hatred” among citizens.