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Amaravati, Polavaram farmers pour out woes to Rahul Gandhi during yatra

 VIJAYAWADA: Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday interacted with farmers from Amaravati, who parted with their land for development of the Andhra Pradesh capital city.

He also met the families displaced by the Polavaram multipurpose project.

Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra entered Andhra Pradesh in Kurnool district from neighbouring Karnataka on Tuesday.

At his afternoon camp at Hatti Belagal, the Congress leader met with the visitors, who poured out their woes to him.

The Amaravati farmers explained how the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government was pushing their lives into jeopardy by raising the ‘three capitals’ issue.

The farmers, who parted with about 34,000 acres of rich fertile land for building the state capital, lamented that the current regime stalled all development in Amaravati disregarding even the High Court verdict in their favour.

Amaravati Joint Action Committee leader Siva Reddy, who led the delegation, said all political parties barring the YSR Congress were backing Amaravati as the sole capital of AP.

He requested Rahul Gandhi that the issue be raised in Parliament and to protect the interests of hundreds of farmers.

”He responded positively to our plea and promised to fight for Amaravati,” Siva Reddy later told PTI.

The Polavaram project displaced families, on the other hand, complained about the poor implementation of the rehabilitation and resettlement package and how they were facing the wrath of nature.

Rahul Gandhi assured them also that the Congress would take up their cause and fight for their rights.

The Congress leader began his foot march from Halaharvi under Aluru constituency in the morning.

State Congress president Sake Sailajanath and other senior leaders received Rahul Gandhi as he crossed into AP.

Former Union Ministers M M Pallam Raju, J D Seelam, AICC SC Cell leader Koppula Raju and others walked with Rahul Gandhi as he passed through Aluru, Hatti Belagal and Munikurthi in his yatra.

Hundreds of citizens lined up on the roads and also on rooftops and greeted the MP as he smilingly waved at them, walking on slushy and potholed roads.

He stopped at a few places, offered a toffee to a child and interacted with the locals.

A young girl walked a few paces hand-in-hand with Rahul Gandhi.

He wrapped his arm around the shoulders of a differently-abled girl and enquired about her.

Rahul Gandhi made a night halt at Chagi village under Adoni.

The Congress leader, who began the Bharat Jodo Yatra on September 7, briefly passed through villages in Anantapuramu district bordering Karnataka on October 14, and re-entered AP on Tuesday.

The yatra will continue through AP till October 21 when he will re-enter Karnataka, en route Telangana.

Source: Press Trust of India



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