Rahuls love for farmers mere drama for UP polls: BSP

Lucknow: As Rahul Gandhi continued his "Kisan Padyatra " for the the second consecutive day on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh`s ruling BSP said his "love" for farmers is mere a political drama in view of the coming Assembly elections in the state.

"The love for farmers is nothing but a stunt and political drama being enacted by the Congress yuvraj before the assembly elections," the party said in a statement today.

The 41-year-old AICC general secretary is on padayatra–`Kisan Sandesh Yatra`– in Western UP, a footmarch billed as a campaign against chief minister Mayawati ahead of the Congress` proposed `kisan mahapanchayat` in Aligarh district on July 9.

The BSP said if Rahul is actually worried about the problems of farmers, he should try to ensure that the prices of diesel and fertilises are brought under control by the Congress-led government "instead of enacting this drama in Uttar Pradesh in the name of farmers."

It said had the Congress really been sensitive towards the plight of farmers during its 38-year rule in UP, their condition would have been different and the picture of the state would also have been entirely different.

"It is because of the anti-farmers` policies of the central government the farmers are today facing immense hardships," the party said.

It said had the UPA government been sensitive it would not have hiked the prices of diesel which has a direct impact on the agriculture sector and farmers.

"The Congress leaders are indulging in such dramatics to divert attention of the common people from the charges of corruption being levelled on the UPA government."

"It is merely for remaining in the news that Congress yuvraj sometimes visits Bhatta Parsaul or wants to go to Aligarh," it said, adding that if he was so worried about farmers he would have also visited Congress-ruled states.