Farmers greeted Rahul with protests in Amethi

On the announcing the formal political entry of his sister Priyanka Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi was greeted by protesting farmers, raising slogans against him, in his own parliamentary constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

The farmers protested in Gauriganj town in Amethi district demanding that either their land that was given to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation should be returned or else they are provided employment.

This protest greeted him when Rahul visiting his constituency to campaign for the general elections. A protestor said that they were upset with Rahul Gandhi and said “he should go back to Italy. He does not deserve to be here. Rahul has grabbed our land.”

They staged the protest near Samrat Cycle factory, which was inaugurated by former prime minister Rajiv gandhi,  when he was the MP from Amethi. In the 1980s, Jain brothers had taken over 65.57 acres of land in the industrial area of Kausar to run a company but after its failure, a land auction took place in 2014.

According to the records, UPSIDC had leased 65.57 acres of land to the company in 1986 but when the company was closed down, the Debts Recovery Tribunal got it auctioned in 2014 at Rs. 20.10 crore to recover the loan.

The land purchased in the auction was paid by the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust for stamp duty of Rs. 1,50,000. However, later the land auction process was termed invalid by the UPSIDC following which a Gauriganj SDM Court ordered the return of the land of the Samrat Cycle Factory to UPSIDC.

Since then the land is on papers with UPSIDC but is still occupied by the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust. Earlier, Union Minister Smriti Irani had also accused Rahul of grabbing the land of farmers through the foundation.

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