Holding a ‘padyatra’ in drought-hit Bundelkhand, Rahul Gandhi today took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he should think about farmers and labourers too and not just industrialists and give more funds for the backward region.
The Congress Vice President reffered to Modi becoming “emotional” yesterday while expressing grief over the suicide by a dalit scholar Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad University and said the PM should also show empathy for the farmers who are providing “the food you eat”.
Addressing villagers during his nearly seven-kilometre-long foot-march, he demanded that some of the money saved by the government due to decline in crude oil prices be diverted to the region.
“Yesterday, we saw Modiji becoming emotional…he paused during his speech (at BBAU convocation) and had tears in his eyes…I want to say Modiji the food you eat, the pulse which is today selling at Rs 220 is provided to you by farmers,” he said.
“I would ask Modiji to think a little for the farmers, labourers and the poor because they too run the country and it is not only industrialists who do so. So, think about them as well,” Rahul said.