Himansu Shekhar Rout

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who was supposed to attend a public rally in Rayagada on Friday could not turn up due to his nomination filing for Raebareli Lok Sabha seat and addressed the meeting through virtual mode in the afternoon. 

Highlighting five guarantees of the AICC, Gandhi said that his party would waive off loans of farmers and hike the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy if his party came to power.

He also guaranteed that graduates and diploma engineers would be given top priority for jobs, apart from assuring caste census of Dalits, people of scheduled tribes and backward classes.

Also assuring 50 per cent reservation of women in the job sector, the Congress leader said that th party will ensure Rs 400 as daily wage for the beneficiaries of MGNREGA. 

He said that women will be given a monthly allowance of Rs 8,500 if the Congress is voted to power.  

Gandhi also lambasted the Central and state governments. “The public sector enterprises are being privatized while 20 to 25 billionaires are being encouraged. The money being taken away by the billionaires will be given to the people of Dalit communities, scheduled tribes, backward classes in the country as well as Odisha. 

“The adivasis are the real owner of the country. Congress is thinking of their rights on forests, water and land. We will give five guarantees to the people,” he added.    

Many Congress heavyweights including Odisha PCC chief Sarat Pattanayak, Ajoy Kumar, Bhakta Charan Das, Ram Chandra Khuntia Taraprasad Bahinipati and Koraput MP Saptagiri Ulaka also addressed the rally.

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