Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday attacked the union government led by Narendra Modi for "ignoring the tribals" in the Korba district in Chhattisgarh.
Rahul, addressing the people in the region, raised series of questions: "Modi said a coal mine is needed here, but tell me what do people here need? What do adivasis need? What is your idea of development?"
"Modi ji talks of development, makes tall promises. If a mine comes up here, adivasis will lose their jungle, is this development? You derive your livelihood from these jungles. If they take away these jungles from you, you will be destroyed, your kids’ future will be destroyed. Your voice does not reach Delhi, even media ignores your problems," Rahul said.
In an effort to reach out to the people in the state, the Congress vice-president met farmers and forest dwellers affected by coal mining here.
Drawing a parallel with the land acquisition in Noida, Gandhi said, "Near Delhi, in Noida, they took away land belonging to farmers and made a racing track.The farmers’ land was grabbed. They call that development."
Assuring support to the farmers and villagers there, Gandhi said that his party would stand by the farmers and will keep raising their issues." Congress wants development, but one where we consider you people, water, nature, land, adivasis, everyone. We will stand by the farmers. We will fight for your rights," he said.
When some people from the audience raised slogans against Gandhi, he said "Nahi Nahi, hum BJP kay log nahi hain, hum murdabaad kay naarey nahii lagaenge" (No we are not from the BJP, we won’t raise any negative slogans).
Gandhi is on a two-day visit to Chhattisgarh.