Sonia Gandhi meets farmers at her home turf Rae Bareli, assures full assistance
Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be visiting her Lok Sabha constituency Rae Bareli on Saturday to meet the farmers affected by unseasonal rains this year.
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday visited her Lok Sabha constituency Rae Bareli and met the farmers affected by unseasonal rains this year.
Gandhi, drove straight to Pachwar village after landing at the Fursatganj airport. The farmers apprised Gandhi of their plight and claimed that no administrative official has visited the village for conducting a survey so that compensation could be given to them. The farmers also showed her their damaged crops.
She also visited Bandipur and Shivpuri villages where the farmers showed her damages to wheat and mustard crops in the fields to stress the magnitude of their losses.
The farmers also drew her attention to the poor state of tube-wells in the area because of which they were facing immense hardship and alleged that the administration was neither cooperating nor listening to their grievances.
Gandhi, while taking stock of the losses, assured the farmers of all possible assistance by her party.
"We'll ask Government of India to provide fair compensation to the farmers," said Gandhi.
We'll ask GoI to provide fair compensation to the farmers: Congress President Smt.Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli pic.twitter.com/idsLW97Rc2
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Later, she went to Sarvoday Nagar locality and met kin of Shivendra Singh who was killed in the railway accident. She also visited Utarpara village where three members of a family including noted 'Kathak' exponent Shitla Prasad Misra were killed in the train accident.
The Congress President enquired whether the families have received any help from the central government and was told that though the central help had reached them, the assistance announced by the state government was yet to come.
Gandhi also met 14-year-old Dhananjay, who has been rendered handicapped in the accident and promised medical help. Dhananjay belongs to the family of Shitla Prasad Misra.
(With PTI inputs)