New Delhi: Kalawati, the poor widow whose
woes were recounted by Rahul Gandhi in Parliament, on Saturday
accused the Congress-led government in Maharashtra of not
giving adequate land compensation to around 4,000 women from
Vidarbha region facing the same financial hardships as her.
Her accusation drew more attention as it was made in
front of former BJP President Rajnath Singh in Yavatmal
district, known for suicides by farmers. Singh is visiting the
area to meet those farmers who are unhappy with compensation
given to them by the government for acquiring their land.
"Kalawati came to meet Rajnath Singh at Vani tehsil of
Yavatmal district. She said that though she had got
compensation as her case had got wide publicity, she would not
be happy till 4,000 widows and women from the weaker sections
are given their due," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told
Kalawati, a widow with seven daughters and two sons,
became famous when Gandhi met her and espoused her cause in
Parliament during the debate on the Indo-US Civil Nuclear
Singh was sent to a Congress-ruled state ostensibly
with a view to having a first hand assessment of the ground
realities and embarrassing Rahul Gandhi who has been
campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for adequate compensation to the
farmers whose land was acquired by the government.