Saharanpur: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday led a march in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district to highlight the problems being faced by sugarcane farmers.
Rahul Gandhi took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his foreign trips, saying while the PM was busy flying abroad, Congress stood with farmers and labourers.
He also took a dig at Modi's 'achche din' slogan, asking where have those promised good days gone, saying Congress good days will come once farmers, labourers and the poor felt good.
"When Narendra Modi is flying to England, Rahul Gandhi is standing here amongst you in your fields. I want to tell you that we are with you. Congress is standing with you and will die and keep standing with you," he said, addressing the farmers ahead of starting his 'padayatra'.
Rahul, who was seen standing next to controversial Congress MLA Imran Masood, who was jailed in March last year for his hate speech against Modi, said, "We don't want such an India where the poor, farmers and oppressed are unhappy. We don't want a suit-buit government. We want that India should be of the poor, labourers and small people."
Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, he said, "When Lok Sabha elections were held a lot of people supported Narendra Modi. He claimed that he will change India. He does not even remember his own slogan of 'achche din ayenge'. When we talk of 'achche din' people laugh across the country. Where are those good days?".
"He travels abroad, flies to London, Singapore, America, but good days have not come. In India, 'achche din' will only come when farmers, labourers, poor, dalits, tribals will have good days. Only then will good days come for Congress," he said.
Talking about Uttar Pradesh, he asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to come forward and keep up to his promise of bringing a change in the state.
अखिलेशजी ने वादा किया था की UP को बदलेंगे,आपके पास अभी डेढ़ साल है-युवाओं को रोज़गार दीजिये,किसानो को गन्ने का मुआवज़ा दीजिये!UP को बदलिये!
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The Congress vice president also highlighted how the farmers were not welcome in banks that laid a red carpet for the rich and how the Congress-led UPA waived off Rs 70,000 of farmers' loans.
He said the government launched the world's biggest job scheme in MNREGA that provided guaranteed jobs to the poor and gave crores of money in the hands of the poor.
The march was held in Nakur Assembly constituency, which houses some defunct sugar mills that have now been privatised.
(With Agency inputs)