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Rahul Gandhi's Kisaan Khet Mazdoor Rally at Ramleela Ground: Gandhi scion fails to impress
On Sunday (April 19, 2015) everyone was anxious to see how Rahul Gandhi delivers his speech during Kissan Khet Mazdoor rally at Ramleela Maidan after his 59-day long sabbatical. I don't know how others felt, but I personally found his speech like the old rhetorical speech with nothing new.

Also like his earlier speeches, here too, Gandhi scion's successive sentence had no connection with the previous sentence. The only difference I found was that Rahul Gandhi attacked directly on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, although the attack was far from fact.

Rahul alleged that Modi has taken loan from corporates citing that he had snapped Gujarat farmer's land easily and hence he can snap rest of India farmer's land. There are two things coming out. First Indian public perhaps sold their vote to the money borrowed by Modi from corporate. This is really insulting to the public mandate.

Second, if Modi was constantly looting farmer's land in Gujarat for corporates, how he won four continuous assembly elections? Why Congress drew a blank during 2014 general elections in Gujarat despite Congress being pro-farmer?

It was difficult to understand Rahul Gandhi's Australian story. What he wanted to say. Is Australia suffering farm-suicides? Then his speech somehow moved to Niyamgiri, then Bhatta Parsaul. Bhatta Parsaul might be a farmers' issue, but Niyamgiri is not! Thus he appeared to be confused. Public too got confused when he said that Niyamgiri tribal community has threatened to become Naxalites.

Earlier in a speech he had said that according to the intelligence reports, which he had claimed to receive, Muzaffarpur's youth wanted to be terrorists. I am really confused whether he meant to warn warn the government or justifying people's threat of taking the route of terrorists and naxalites. Interestingly both Bhatta Parsaul and Niyamgiri has nothing to do with BJP. The former issue related to Mayawati's BSP, while the later is related to Odisha's BJD government.

Sure UPA increased minimum support price (MSP). It's also a fact that UPA waived off farm-loans to the tune of Rs 70000 crores. It also sent relief packages to Vidarbha and Bundelkhand. But it's not the only time such loan waivers and special packages had been provided. But what is the development further? Has the condition changed?

Many experts like Shankkar Ayer feels that had that money used to develop agricultural infrastructures such as irrigation (drip, lift and other viable options), cold storage chains, nearest food processing industries etc, farmer's conditions would have been improved a lot.

Point is, PM Modi is showing intent to solve the fundamental basic problems, which the farmers are facing since last six-seven decades. If public trusted him for five years, opposition must support constructively.

Coming back to Rahul's speech, one good thing is Rahul declared that whenever there would be any injustice to farmers and laborers, he will personally stand with them on the streets. This is a good development. If Rahul would be able to fulfil this promise he can rejuvenate the Congress party in the years to come. But Rahul has a problem. Last eleven years of his politics shows that he prefers to hit and run. He starts one political movement and then suddenly disappears from the scene.

Has Rahul got success in infusing some energy in Congress because of his presence? I would say let's wait and watch as even in the rally there were many warring factions. Although the Congress's seniors made some fine balance but slogans were raise by one faction against the another.

To conclude, I can say this farmer revolution is initiated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, but Rahul Gandhi is yet to prove his mantle to carry forward this revolution while re-energising his party.

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