A few days following former Congress president Rahul Gandhi's meeting with the families of farmers who tragically took their own lives in Telangana, he took to sharing a video on Saturday. In the video, he highlighted the poignant statements made by the bereaved families, emphasizing that if timely government support had been extended, the farmers might still be alive today.
Rahul Gandhi attributed the perceived failure to the administration of the BRS government and the BJP, asserting that their approach has proven inadequate in addressing the needs of the people in the southern state.
This significant interaction was documented and uploaded on the Congress leader's YouTube channel, aptly titled 'Seeds of Suffering: Tackling Farmer Distress with Congress Guarantees.' The video sheds light on the prevailing farmer distress and advocates for Congress-led solutions to alleviate the challenges faced by the agricultural community in the region.
Rahul Gandhi said, "Mahatma Gandhi had once said, the most important voice is the one last in the line. Kummari Chandrayya's was one such voice. And the ‘Dorala’ BRS govt failed him. He was a small farmer from Telangana, struggling to make ends meet and burdened by loans. He died by suicide leaving behind his loving family."
"Had he been given government support at the right time, he would have been still alive and amongst his loved ones. ‘Dorala’ govt like that of the BRS and the BJP is incapable of providing for the needs of the people of Telangana. Would a Congress government make a difference? Absolutely, yes," the Congress leader said.
He said that the Congress guarantees are a manifestation of the aspirations of crores of such voices, who stand last in the line.
"Our Guarantees are designed to provide a minimum floor to our people in Telangana. Kummari Tirupathamma told me that her family continues to struggle under the burden of loans. This will change very soon. The Congress' Prajala govt will provide Mahalakshmi --Rs 2,500 per month to women, free bus travel, gas cylinder at Rs 500.
He said that under Rythu Bharosa scheme, the Congress will provide Rs 15,000 per year to farmers, Rs 12,000 per year to agri labourers.
"Our fight now is to ensure 'Nyay', Justice to all our people. It is time to usher back an era of people-centric governance across India," the Congress leader added.
The video featuring Rahul Gandhi showcases him engaging with Kummari Chandrayya and her son, delving into the circumstances that led them into the clutches of debt. The Congress leader took the initiative to visit their farmlands, gaining firsthand insights into the challenges faced by the farming community.
As the political landscape unfolds, the polling for the 119-member assembly seat in Telangana is slated for November 30, with the subsequent vote counting scheduled for December 3. The Congress, with its pledge of six guarantees in the state, harbors aspirations of securing power in the southern state for the first time since its establishment in 2014. The upcoming elections are pivotal for the party, marking an opportunity to bring about change and implement their envisioned policies.
(With Agency Inputs)