New Delhi: Ahead of the conclusion of Rahul Gandhi’s 26-day ‘Kisan Yatra’ through poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Congress party today said he will take his battle for farmers to Parliament now.
The yatra in which the Congress vice president covered 141 assembly constituencies will conclude on Parliament Street. He will first pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat.
“This yatra was to highlight the problems of farmers. Rahul Gandhi listened to their issues and amplified them and collected 75 lakh mang patras from farmers,” Congress spokesperson RPN Singh said.
During the yatra there were 26 roadshows and 700 meeting points, he said.
“Rahul Gandhi will fight for the farmers from streets to the Parliament. We will put pressure on the government to act and help the Indian farmers,” Singh said.
Singh said, the Gandhi scion has asked, if Prime Minister Narendra Modi can “waive loans of Rs 1 lakh crore for corporates then why the loans of farmers and poor can’t be waived as well”.
Gandhi’s yatra is considered significant given the fact that the Congress has been in political wilderness in the electorally crucial state for the last 27 years.
The exercise was seen as an attempt to make the Congress party relevant force in the state, whose politics has been dominated by the regional parties for last decade.
Congress could win only two of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 Lok Sabha seats in 2014 general elections.