Tribals have got a new supporter in Rahul Gandhi. On Monday, the Congress Vice-president brought much cheer to the tribals by voicing that their land should not be taken away for any purpose without permission.
Arriving at the Bilaspur airport on Monday, Gandhi was welcomed by Congress workers. After the arrival, he went to Madanpur village, in the Korba district of Chhattisgarh, where he addressed the tribals and villagers.
Contending that the nation’s welfare must include the tribals’ welfare, Gandhi accused the current government of being a “suit-boot ki sarkar.”
“We want a government that works for the welfare of the under-privileged section of the society”, said Gandhi.
“Lands are being taken away from the farmers forcibly and we are totally opposed to this. Forests are an integral part of tribals’ and farmers’ livelihood, and if forests vanish, then farmer’s livelihood would also vanish,” Gandhi added.
Pledging his support to the tribal people, Gandhi said that his party would always support poor people and keep fighting for their rights. He also discussed various issues with the farmers.
In a sign that the leadership question in Rajasthan has been settled, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday posted his photograph with Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, both contenders for the Chief Minister’s post, as party sources hinted that Gehlot could be the party’s choice for the top post.
The photograph of the smiling leaders had a caption “United Colours of Rajasthan!”, without giving any hint as to who will be the Chief Minister. An official announcement is expected in the evening.
Gandhi’s tweet capped hectic consultations with Gehlot, who appears set to return as Chief Minister in Rajasthan, and state Congress chief Sachin Pilot, who put up his claim strongly.
Gehlot, a two-time Chief Minister, and Pilot reached Gandhi’s residence within minutes of each other on Friday. A decision is expected to be announced on Friday.
Ahead of the meeting, Gehlot took a veiled dig at Pilot saying that the party unit had already left the decision on Gandhi and it was not the time to express individual choices.
“We have given the duty to the High Command. Let it decide who is to be given what responsibility. If I say my choice is this, it is not time for that. The time is to strengthen the Congress, see how its graph goes up.
“If Congress is strong, everyone will be empowered and we prove to be useful in meeting the objectives of the 2019 elections. This alone should be our thinking,” Gehlot said.
He said a resolution had been passed by newly elected MLAs in Rajasthan authorising the High Command to take a decision.
“Whether it is Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh or Chhattisgarh, once a resolution is passed, the decision of the Congress President should be acceptable to all. This is what our workres, MLAs and people expect,” he said.
He said winning elections in the three Hindi heartland states was a big achievement and that it all started with a strong performance of the Congress in Gujarat under Gandhi’s leadership.
“(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (BJP President) Amit Shah have lost their aura. They have not been able to recover due to which we won elections in the three states,” he said.
Gehlot had played an active role in formulating the party’s campaign strategy in Gujarat.
Both Pilot and Gehlot had separate meetings with Gandhi on Thursday.
The meetings came hours after the leadership issue was settled in Madhya Pradesh, with Gandhi tweeting his picture with Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia, who were both chief ministerial aspirants.
The picture — akin to the one on Friday — carried the line “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time – Leo Tolstoy.”