news Friday, May 15, 2015 - 05:30
As Rahul Gandhi finished his Telangana padhyatra with TV cameras following him as he walked in the sun and thousands of people sitting glued to their television sets, he addressed a public meeting at Wadial village. Targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said "acche din" have come only for Modi and few businessmen close to him. "Acche din" have not come for people but for Modi, who is visiting different countries, he quipped. However, the punchline that garnered the most attention in the state was that of "Mini Modi," where he referred to Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. "One year has passed. Did anybody among you get a job which Modiji at centre and mini-Modi in Telangana (Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao) had promised," he asked. He added that both the NDA and the Telanagana Rashtra Samithi had promised that they will change India and Telangana but forgot farmers, who bring the real change. Hitting out at the NDA government for proposed amendment to land acquisition law, the Congress leader said the government want to snatch the lands of farmers and give them to few industrialists who are close to Modi. "They want to snatch your land because land is gold. The price of land in coming years will increase manifold and this will benefit you and your children," he told farmers. Hitting back at NDA and TRS for criticising him for meeting families of farmers who committed suicide, he said if Modi and Chandrasekhar Rao had visited them, there was no need for him to do so. The Congress leader also took a dig at them for not bothering to visit farmers who lost crops in unseasonal rains. Gandhi, who consoled five families and gave cheques of Rs 2 lakh each, said the Congress, while in power, always came to the rescue of farmers in times of natural calamities or to solve other problems. Former union minister S. Jaipal Reddy, and senior leaders K Jana Reddy, Mohammed Ali Shabbir, V Hanumanth Rao, and Mallu Batti Vikramarka also spoke at the meeting. With IANS