Back after a 58-day sabbatical, Rahul Gandhi along with party president Sonia Gandhi addressed a rally on Sunday over the Land Acquisition Bill and against the Narendra Modi government policies that the party describes as “anti-farmer”.
Here are LIVE updates:
12:50 pm: Unseasonal rain has destroyed the lives of the farmers and the Modi government has done nothing: Sonia Gandhi.
12:43 pm: We have come together today to tell the Modi government that this is enough. We won’t let the farmers be ignored: Sonia Gandhi.
12:34 pm: Let me tell you how Modi won the election. He borrowed money from industrialists and now he will grab your land and give it to them: Rahul Gandhi.
12:30 pm: Modi doesn’t know the real strength of the nation: Rahul Gandhi.
12:28 pm: Insulting the nation abroad doesn’t suit the dignity of the position of a Prime Minister: Rahul Gandhi.
12:26 pm: We have always worked for the poor and the weak: Rahul Gandhi.
12:24 pm: Whenever we could help the farmers, we did: Rahul Gandhi.
12:22 pm: Today when farmers go to sleep, they don’t know what is going to happen when they wake up the next morning: Rahul Gandhi.
12:20 pm: Farmers think that the government has forgotten them. They are scared. They think the government only works for the rich: Rahul Gandhi.
12:16 pm: Congress has always worked for the farmers: Manmohan Singh.
12:13 pm: During poll campaigning, Modi used to go around saying they will work for farmers but nothing of that sort happened: Manmohan Singh.
12:10 pm: We are with you against forced land acquisition, says Manmohan Singh.
12:05 pm: Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi arrive at Delhi’s Ramlila Ground for Maha Kisan Rally.
The “kisan khet mazdoor” (farmer-farms labour) rally is being widely seen as a show of strength for a party desperate to reverse its sliding fortunes after a string of election drubbings, IANS reported.
Rahul Gandhi, who led a ‘padyatra’, a protest march in Bhatta Parsaul in 2011 against the then Mayawati government’s land acquisition in Uttar Pradesh, will be seen in the forefront once again at the farmers’ rally.
He was not seen in public for nearly two months since the budget session of parliament began on February 23. He returned on April 16 from an undisclosed destination where he was said to have retreated in a leave of absence from politics.