Lucknow, Jul 6: Terming Rahul Gandhi's march to highlight farmers' problems as a political gimmick, senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh today alleged both Congress and BSP were creating a situation to distract attention of the people from corruption and other issues.
“Problems of farmers are aplenty and serious. But both Congress and BSP are in league on the matter and are creating a situation to distract people's attention from corruption, price spiral and other burning issues,” he told PTI.
“Both the parties are in dock on corruption and price rise issues and are not in a position to face the people,” the former BJP president said.
“Problems of farmers are not new and Congress was in power for most of the time after independence. “But, till date Congress leaders have neither made any attempts to understand the problems of farmers nor they have initiated any steps in their interest,” Singh said terming Rahul's kisan yatra as a “political gimmick”.
The BJP leader said the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill was pending in Parliament since 2007.
“Then why Rahul Gandhi, who is the Congress general secretary, did not get the law amended according to interests of the farmers?” he asked.
“Eating at a farmer or a dalit house or spending a night there will not resolve their problems. For this, a strong political will is needed and Congress has failed on this front time and again,” he said.
“During the last Lok Sabha elections Congress promised to check price rise within 100 days. More than 700 days have passed and prices have increased manifold. But, Rahul Gandhi has never been heard speaking on this issue.” PTI