"When I go to their houses they welcome and cuddle me and say you are the first politician who has come to meet us," said Gandhi.
He expressed his surprise as to why he was criticised for visiting the poor households.
"If one politician goes to a Dalit's house, you ask why do you go to a Dalit's house. When thousands of leaders do not visit Dalit houses, you do not ask them why do they not go," he said in an interactive session with students of Jawaharlal Nehru University.
"I go to a poor man's house.It is the media which say it is a Dalit or an Adivasi's house".