Nagpur : The Congress president Rahul Gandhi told the crisis-ridden farmers that his party would stand by them if elected in 2019 and give what is due to them.
Rahul was interacting with farmers, youths and women at Nanded in Chandrapur district, some 150 kms from here where he went to pay tributes to late Dadaji Khobragade, the inventor of HMT rice, who died last week after a prolonged illness.
He said that he would not give any false promises, like the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I have come here to tell you that if we are elected we will do all that is needed to rebuild your confidence,” he said interacting with farmers.
Lashing out at the Modi government for “pampering” a group of industrialists, he said that the government is dishonest and it only cares for the 15 rich, top industrialists of the country and has provided them 2.5 lakh crore corporate loan waiver. It will not do anything for poor farmers,” he told a modest crowd mainly comprising some farmers and mostly party workers in the region reeling under farmer suicide crisis for last two decades.
The Congress, if voted to power in 2019, would provide higher remunerative prices for farm produce and jobs to the youths. “Only the Congress can provide the right prices for farm produce and jobs,” he said.
Gandhi said Modi had brought tears to the eyes of farmers and youth in India through his policies. “The fear that Modiji now has of farmers, of youth, is reflected in his voice.
It was an unusual event even by the Congress standards—the ‘Chaupal pe charcha’, though the objective was same old—to garner support for the party from the hinterlands in what was once impregnable stronghold of the Congress. He visited this village, a paddy belt to pay tribute to a humble farmer and rice researcher –Dadaji Khobragade—who died in June 3.
Khobragade who innovated nine rice varieties in his modest farm and home, was famous as developer of HMT rice, the high yielding variety that revolutionised paddy cultivation in the country. Ironically he struggled with poverty all his life and was even robbed of credit for developing HMT breed. After his death the politicians have started rushing to his village and offering sympathy and largess in form of monetary help.