Aligarh: Rahul Gandhi took the Mayawati
government by surprise when he visited Jikarpur village, the
epicentre of the farmers` stir, on Saturday and expressed his
solidarity with the agitators in Uttar Pradesh.
The AICC general Secretary met the agitating farmers who
have been demanding higher compensation for their land
acquired by the UP government for the Expressway project and
reached out to families of those who were injured or lost
their lives in clashes with police.
Taking authorities by surprise, Gandhi drove to
Jikarpur village at about 5 PM.
"He asked the farmers to maintain unity which he said
would help them get justice," the chief of the state party
unit`s media, Akhilesh Pratap Singh, said adding that Rahul
expressed his soldiarity with the cause of the agitating
Rahul visited the house of a farmer, who suffered bullet
injuries, and also met the family of a 12-year-old-boy who
died in clashes with police on August 14.
The 40-year-old Congress leader gave a patient hearing
to farmers who have been seeking the same compensation as
provided in Noida for the land acquired for the Yamuna
Most of the agitating farmers had dispersed for the day
when Rahul suddenly arrived, officials said.
Local authorities said they had no prior information
about his visit.
“We had no inkling regarding Mr. Gandhi`s visit... there
was no question of any security procedures which normally
precede a visit by a VVIP," Divisional Commissioner Rajiv
Addressing the agitating farmers yesterday, AICC General
Secretary Digvijay Singh had assured them that both Congress
president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul were strongly in favour of
meting justice to farmers.
Earlier this afternoon, expelled Samajwadi Party leader
Amar Singh had addressed the protesting farmers.