Congress' kisan rally: As it happened

In what could apparently be seen as patting one's own back, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will address Kisan Mazdoor Samman rally in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on Sunday over his party's claim of having compelled the NDA government to withdraw the contentious Land ordinance.

Congress' kisan rally: As it happened
Pic courtesy: INC

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday addressed Kisan Mazdoor Samman rally in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan, stating his party compelled the NDA government to withdraw the contentious Land ordinance.

Here are the LIVE updates:

  • Your presence has given us hope and strength: Sonia concludes her speech

  • PM Modi and his supporters say that Congress is obstructing the path of development. Can a party which fought for freedom and developed modernised India become an obstacle in development? However, whenever they will not pay attention to people's problem, Congress will stand in their way: Sonia

  • Today youth is unemployed. What happened to Modiji's promises? This government has failed in all areas: Sonia

  • Our UPA government had waived off 72, 000 crore farmers' loans. But, it seems Modi government doesn't have time to solve your problems. He just have time for industrialists. He has time for foreign trips, to give 40,000 crore tax benifit to foreign investors: Sonia

  • Somebody who is responsible for all this is PM Modi's wrong policies and his lackadaisical approach. 

  • Somewhere there's drought and somewhere there's no water or electricity. At some places there are no seeds available: Sonia

  • The day Modi government has come into power, farmers are facing financial crisis. There is not a single state in our country where our farmers are not facing difficulty: Sonia

  • We have to be extra cautious, otherwise they will deprive you of your lands: Sonia

  • Since PM Modi couldn't get successful in implementing their Land Bill in Centre, so now he is trying to implement it through his party's governments in states: Sonia

  • This is not a victory of any individual, but it's your victory: Sonia

  • BJP government must be nervous today to see such massive gathering here: Sonia

  • PM Modi did not pay much heed to this issue and took it lightly. But, when voices were raised in unity against it, they had to bent down: Sonia

  • Many farmers' organisations and civil societies came forward to protest against it. Except NDA, all political parties opposed it: Sonia Gandhi.

  • We have protested against the changes made in 2013 Land Acquisition Bill: Sonia Gandhi

  • Efforts are being made to weaken many schemes brought by UPA Govt in interest of ppl of nation like Food security, MNREGA: Manmohan Singh

  • This is not 'Make in India', this is Modiji's 'Take in India': Rahul

  • This is not a fight for farms, not a fight for land but this is a battle for farmers' hearts. This is a fight for the dignity and future of the farmers which is why Congress stands with you: Rahul

  • Three times they had brought the land ordinance and at the end said his Mann ki Baat. A few days back he had said that land ordinance will get lapsed and they will not finish off Congress' bill: Rahul

  • PM Modi is not only taking away our lands, but mothers also. Land is a mother of farmers and they want to give it to someone else: Rahul

  • Every person has mother. There is no one who doesn't have mother. When we cry we remember our mother, when we our happy we remember our mother: Rahul
  • 44 MPs of Congress fought against Land ordinance with determination. BJP's PM Modi had said that when he'll come to power, he'll finish off Congress' bill: Rahul
  • Rahul Gandhi begins his address
  • Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh have reached Ramlila Maidan
  • Announcements are being made urging supporters of both the leaders to maintain peace at the venue. 
  • Minor scuffles have broken out between Hooda and Tanwar supporters.
  • Former Haryana chief minister BS Hooda and state chief Ashok Tanwar's supporters wearing pink and red turbans.
  • Preparations are underway for Congress VP Rahul Gandhi's rally.

As per sources, Congress president Sonia Gandhi along with the top party brass, Congress Working Committee members and state party chiefs will be present during the rally.

In the rally, Rahul Gandhi will be greeting farmers and party workers after his party "forced the government" to not go for a renewal of the "draconian" land ordinance.

To make the rally successful, Congress is leaving no stone unturned and has asked its state chiefs to mobilise a huge crowd.

Unlike April 19 rally, the party is trying to avoid any factional fight.

Earlier, several supporters of former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had hooted when Congress state chief spoke on the podium. They also wore pink turbans.

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