The 3,438-km Kisan yatra led by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, across poll-bound Uttar Pradesh will terminate at Delhi’s Parliament Street on Thursday evening.
Led by Leaders of Opposition K. Jana Reddy and Mohammed Ali Shabbir, the delegation comprising TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, former Minister D. Sridhar Babu, and former MLAs A. Maheshwar Reddy, Gandra Venkat Ramana Reddy and E. Anil, attended the election rallies addressed by Mr. Gandhi in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, and Saharanpur districts of Uttar Pradesh. Besides attending rallies, they accompanied him in ‘Khat Sabhas’ organised in different villages.
Mr. Shabbir Ali informed that the Telangana Congress leaders briefed Mr. Rahul Gandhi about the latest situation in their State.
“We briefed him about the failures of the TRS government, especially in dealing with agrarian crisis,” he said.
This time, Gandhi’s yatra started from Deoria in Gorakhpur division on September 6. He travelled 3,438 km covering 48 districts and 141 assembly constituencies. UP, along with Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, will go to polls in February-March next year.
Gandhi also held 26 khat sabhas (interaction with farmers on cots), 26 road shows and collected 75 lakh application forms from farmers seeking loan waiver. “Our target is to collect 2 crore forms from Uttar Pradesh by October 31,” Congress spokesman RPN Singh said.
Before concluding his yatra, Gandhi will pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat, former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat and Sangharsh Sthal of late Chaudhary Devi Lal, a prominent farmer leader and founder of the Indian National Lok Dal
On Thursday, the last day of the yatra, Rahul would first hold a road show in Meerut and then address road side meetings in Ghaziabad. He is scheduled to reach Delhi in the afternoon where he would hold a road side meeting at Hassanpur Depot. He would then visit Vijay Ghat, Raj Ghat, Kisan Ghat and also visit Samadhi Sthals and later Sangharsha Sthal as well. He is scheduled to address his last meeting at “Sansad Marg” Delhi in the evening.
The Congress, meanwhile, said Rahul will take his battle for farmers to Parliament now.