Hanumangarh (Raj), Jul 16: Continuing his relentless assault on the Modi government over the land bill, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today vowed not to allow it acquire "even an inch of land" as he reached out to the farmers of Rajasthan with a foot march.
Undertaking an 8-km 'padyatra' in the villages of the desert state, a day after Congress chief ministers boycotted the NITI Aayog meeting convened by the Prime Minister on the contentious legislation, Rahul also attacked Narendra Modi for his "silence" on corruption.
"You should not worry. Congress is a party of the poor, farmers and labourers. Whenever you are troubled, you will find the Congress party by your side," he said.
Rahul, who has reached out to farmers with 'padyatra' in various parts of the country including Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh in recent months mounting pressure on the Centre on the land bill, also attacked Modi for his silence on corruption.
"The Prime Minister said he will not take bribe himself nor will allow anybody else to take it. He never said he will keep quiet and say nothing when corruption takes place," the Congress vice president said addressing villagers in Khotanwali, Surawali and Amarsingh wala, where his padyatra ended in Hanumangarh district.
He raked up a host of controversies including the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and the "mini-Modi" issue in Rajasthan, apparently referring to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's links with the controversial former IPL boss Lalit Modi, wanted by the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in connection with alleged money laundering related to the T20 cricket tournament.
Taking on the Modi government and Raje on her own turf, he said, "Probably the number of issues BJP, Narendra Modi and the Rajasthan Chief Minister have given to Congress party we could not have even imagined.
They gave us the land issue and issues of tribals, corruption, the Vyapam scam and that of Mini-Modi issue here."
"There is corruption of different kinds in Rajasthan. You all know of the Chief Minister's corruption...you are being subjected to oppression and killed.
The future of your children is being snatched away," he said and assured the farmers that Congress will stand like a "wall" before them whenever they are subjected to oppression.