Will raise farmers’ plight in Parliament: Rahul in Bundelkhand

Mahoba : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said farmers in the country were being neglected by the NDA Government at the Centre, and added that he would raise their issues in Parliament.

“I will speak in Parliament on how this government is treating the farmers of the country. I would be telling the nation the plight of the Bundelkhand farmers,” said Gandhi.

Gandhi further said that Prime Minister Modi must realise that farmers’ contribute equally to the nation’s development.

“Prime Minister had said that his government would empower the farmers, but after becoming the Prime Minister, he seems to have forgotten his promise. Prime Minister you help a few corporates, please also help the farmers,” said the Congress vice-president.

Gandhi also undertook a seven-kilometer-long padyatra in drought-hit Bundelkhand today.

He is scheduled to hold a meeting with the mahila self-help group at the Supa Railway Station and later hold a meeting with farmers in Laadpur village.

Bundelkhand a home to 18.3 million people as per the 2011 census is shattered with drought. Several farmers have committed suicide due to poor crop production in 13 districts in that comprise the region.

The promised compensation by the Uttar Pradesh Government has not reached the farmers.

With Opposition parties getting active in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh in run up to the 2017 Assembly polls, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said his government would make necessary efforts to address the issues the area confronts.

A month back, the Congress vice-president had visited western Uttar Pradesh to interact with sugarcane growers, hit hard due to failure of sugar mills to give their dues. (ANI)