Rajnath calling, Kalawati slams Chavan govt over inadequate relief to farmers
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Kalawati, the poor widow, whose woes were recounted by Rahul Gandhi in Parliament, on Saturday accused the Congress-led government in Maharashtra of not giving adequate land compensation to around 4,000 women from Vidarbha region, facing the same financial hardships as her.
Her accusation drew more attention as it was made in front of former BJP President Rajnath Singh in Yavatmal district, known for suicides by farmers. Singh is visiting the area to meet those farmers, who are unhappy with compensation, given to them by the government for acquiring their land.
"Kalawati came to meet Rajnath Singh at Vani tehsil. She said that though she had got compensation as her case had got wide publicity, she would not be happy till 4,000 widows and women from the weaker sections are given their due," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
Kalawati became famous when AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi supported her cause in the Parliament during the debate on the Indo-US Civil Nuclear deal.
Singh, was sent to Maharashtra with a view to have a first hand assessment of the ground realities and
embarrassing Gandhi, who has been campaigning in Uttar Pradesh, for adequate land compensation to the farmers.
Singh dared Gandhi to visit Yavatmal and see the plight of farmers and widows instead of just concentrating on Uttar Pradesh, which goes to the polls early next year.
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