When Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi began his speech at the khat (cot) sabha in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, he could never have imagined what would follow once the sabha ended. As Rahul's speech came to a close, a massive fight broke out between groups of people present at the sabha over the free khats that were just lying on the stage. According to NDTV, all 2,000 of them.
The situation at the site turned into complete chaos as people from all around the stage ran to grab their free khats.
Apart from the fact that something as bizarre as this is rarely seen even in Indian politics, it also goes on to say a lot about Rahul Gandhi and his crowd-pulling abilities.
Right after a speech, when the audience darts towards the stage and it is not to shake hands with leader, you really should think about how influential you really are as a leader.
"We will tell Modiji about the worries farmers of this country have through this yatra," Rahul Gandhi had said during his speech.
"Why doesn't the Modi government waiver the loans taken by the farmers?" he further added. Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday launched his month-long Kisan Yatra from Rudrapur in the state's Deoria district.
"Door-to-door campaign begins from village Pachladi. Met farmers and collected Kisan Maang Patras outlining their demands," Gandhi's official twitter handle said.
The Yatra will cover 2,500 km by road covering 39 districts and 55 Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh.
"Arrived in Rudrapur to a warm welcome and great enthusiasm. Join @INCIndia on this Kisan Yatra as we fight for rights of farmers, labourers and the poor," Gandhi said in an earlier tweet.
Rahul is expected to meet farmers and unorganised sector workers during the campaign. There will also be roadshows in small and big towns but no large public meeting.
Our advice to the organisers of the rally: Please be careful of what you put on the stage this time.
With inputs from IANS