LUCKNOW: Rahul Gandhi’s day 1 of campaigning in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday took a hilarious turn when soon after the ‘Khat Sabha’, the farmers vanished with the cot from the venue. Reacting to the issue, Congress Vice President on Wednesday said, “If a Kisan takes a khat he’s called a ‘chor’ but ppl like Mallyaji who run away with crores are called ‘defaulters’!”
The Congress vice president on Tuesday embarked on an epic 2500 km-long ‘Kisan Mahayatra’ from Deoria in eastern Uttar Pradesh and held the first ‘Khat Sabha’ (charpoy meeting) where he interacted with the locals. Moments after he left having made a raft of promises like farm loan waiver, reduction of power tariff and higher minimum support price for agricultural produce, the venue plunged into utter chaos with men, women and children scampering in, lifting the charpoys and hurrying towards their homes.
Congress was left red-faced after the incident, while BJP left no stone unturned to poke fun at the party.
Rahul is slated to hold hundreds of such khat sabhas and street corner meetings across his 2,500 Km-long marathon yatra during which he will cover as many as 233 assembly constituencies to connect with the people ahead of the polls scheduled next year. The Congress party has specially got 2000 of these colourful ‘khats’ made in Bihar and other states for the event.