From inflation to Rahul’s marriage: Gandhis listen to ‘mann ki baat’ of women labourers from Haryana | India News

“Prices of tomatoes, onions are so high that we cannot eat these at home,” said one of the 30-odd women labourers hosted by Rahul, Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi for a lunch recently at their Delhi residence.

Riding pillion on a delivery man’s bike during the Karnataka polls, hitching a ride with truck drivers to Ambala in May, a visit to a bike repair shop in Delhi last month, interaction with farmers in Haryana’s Sonipat, and now a lunch with women labourers of the area at Sonia Gandhi’s residence in New Delhi — Rahul Gandhi has been on a social outreach programme since his Bharat Jodo Yatra and has been posting videos of the interactions on YouTube.

30-odd women labourers from Madina village visited Sonia Gandhi’s home in Delhi on July 14 following a remark made by Rahul Gandhi when he visited their village. On July 8, the Congress leader had paid a visit to Madina village and met farmers and labourers. During his visit, when asked, “Dilli dekhi hai, dikha doon? (Have you seen Delhi? Should I show you?)”, the women were elated and then invited to the national capital.

During the conversation over lunch, the women spoke about their ordeal owing to skyrocketing prices of daily necessities like fertilisers, gas cylinders, electricity and diesel, onions and tomatoes among other things. “Things have become so expensive now. A common person with responsibilities can’t buy tomatoes at Rs 200 per kilo,” one of the women said.

Another woman, speaking about the struggles while farming, said: “We cannot even buy paddy even after working so hard. We do not even get any compensation when farms are flooded.” She also raised the issue of the implementation of the Goods and Services tax, which, according to her, leads to an increase in the price of motors.

However, some light banter was also on display during lunch when one of the women asked former Congress president Sonia Gandhi to get Rahul married to which the veteran leader replied: “You find a girl for him.”

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The women also danced with Sonia Gandhi, besides presenting her with some local ghee and lassi.

While speaking with The Indian Express after the visit, the women had said that what surprised them was that Rahul did not speak about politics or the BJP or Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We saw him on two occasions and not once did he speak about politics. Of course, we had to speak about inflation and discuss how unemployment has become rampant, but apart from that and tomatoes, he only discussed how our lives were,” said one of the labourers.

The video ends with the women hugging and sharing laughs with the Gandhis, before posing for pictures with them.

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