Visiting the drought-hit regions in Maharashtra at the fag end of summer, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday blasted the Opposition for the impasse in Parliament.
“The Opposition has been holding up Parliament for a long time now as they know that the Bills that we are going to introduce would benefit the people,” said Rahul, during his visit to the drought-affected Aurangabad district.
“Unfortunately we cannot choose our opposition party,” he quipped.
Rahul praised Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for his efforts to tide over the difficult situation. “I think there is a decent amount of work being done by both the state and union governments,” said Rahul on the drought relief measures so far.
Chavan accompanied Rahul during the visit. In a bid to promote UPA Government’s pet project Aadhaar – it seemed out of place in the drought-hit villages – Rahul said the scheme would ensure that the benefits were not usurped by others. He also inspected the job cards given to some of the labourers working under the employment guarantee scheme.
At Nidhona, several villagers complained to Rahul about water scarcity and the lack of good roads. One of the villagers even thanked him for the good ones, those relayed for Rahul’s visit.
Rahul seemed annoyed when some of the farmers, possibly ‘arranged’ by the Congress leaders, praised the government schemes. He cut the praises short and said he was there to hear their problems. He also visited a family in Harsul village and heard their grievances.
Speaking to reporters, the Congress leader said he had kept his promise made to the people last time that he would visit the drought-hit areas.