Lucknow sisters intercept Rahul`s car, narrate woes
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 20:54
Zeenews Bureau

Amethi: On a tour of his parliamentary constituency today, Rahul Gandhi had his vehicle intercepted by an unexpected quarter -- two girls who came all the way from Lucknow to narrate their woes to the Congress leader.

When the Congress General Secretary was on his way to Sarvan village, two sisters -- Sonia and Shivani -- intercepted his car and told him about the harassment at the hands of their uncles after the death of their parents.

"The two women approached Rahulji for help. They two told Rahulji that their uncles had fraudulently acquired the property of their parents after their death. They also asked Rahulji to help them in getting police protection. Rahulji heard the girls patiently and later instructed his representative to sort out the issue," Congress spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh told reporters.

They were assured full help by Rahul in this regard.

The Congress leader, who arrived here today on a three-day-visit, said that in Uttar Pradesh problems were being faced in implementing central schemes as the party was not in power in the state.

"The Centre is doing whatever is possible for agriculture sector and the poor, but in UP problems are being faced in implementing the schemes as the Congress does not have a government here," Rahul said while addressing a seminar organised by IFFCO.

He said there were two faces of India - the rich and the poor. "The basic difference between the two India is that while rich are getting opportunities, the poor are deprived of the same. My effort is to bring these two India together so that the country can progress," Rahul said.

He said all programmes of the Centre, whether Mahatma Gandhi NREGA or loan waiver, are poor and farmer oriented. "Our vision is that every person should get an opportunity."

Agriculture sector was the focus of the UPA government as whatever the country had developed it was due to the hardwork of farmers, he added.

Earlier, Rahul inaugurated Fibre To The Panchayat (FTTP) technique in Sarvan village in Bahadurpur area.

"Development of villages was the dream of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. We are trying to realise this dream," said Rahul, who was accompanied by Sam Pitroda, the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation.

The Congress leader said if farmers and poor are connected to the world through internet, it will open path of development.

Samosas and jalebis

In Katnau village, Gandhi released fish in a pond and also planted saplings around it.

He also relished roadside food here while seeking public feedback on central government-backed welfare schemes.

"While Rahulji and Sam Pitroda were on their way to Jagdishpur to attend a function, they stopped at a roadside eating joint and had spicy 'samosas’ and sweet 'jalebis'," state Congress spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh told reporters here.

"While relishing 'samosas' and 'jalebis', Rahulji and Pitroda both inquired about the development in Amethi (a parliamentary constituency represented by Gandhi) from the locals," he said.

"Rahulji also asked the owner of the eating joint, Santosh Kumar, about the progress of central government-sponsored schemes," he added.

As Gandhi and Pitroda enjoyed the roadside food, several curious onlookers gathered near the joint and the security personnel tried to manage the situation.

"As the two were about to leave the eating joint, Kumar served a special 'chai’ (tea) to them. Though Kumar was not initially ready to take money from Rahulji for the food and the tea, he agreed after repeated requests by Rahulji," said Singh.

Earlier, Rahul was accorded a warm welcome by his partymen when he arrived at the Amausi airport.

During his three-day visit, he will launch a number of schemes in his constituency.

-Agencies inputs

First Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 20:54

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