Sirsa (Haryana): In an apparent bid to woo farmers ahead of Uttar Pradesh (UP) assembly polls, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said on 25 February 2007 that the United Progressive Alliance government was seriously concerned over problems plaguing them, and would fully protect their interests at all costs.
In her first public meeting after the announcement of assembly polls in UP, a state with strong farming background, the Congress president said the Centre was “seriously worried” over problems confronting them. “We will ensure that interests of farmers are protected at all costs,” Gandhi said.
Addressing the rally here, organized by the Haryana unit of Congress to mark completion of two years of Bhupinder Singh Hooda government, she spoke about steps taken by the UPA regime for welfare of farmers. She said both the Centre and Congress-ruled states had taken a number of steps to safeguard interests of the peasantry.
Gandhi, whose party is under fire from its allies and the Opposition over handling of farmers’ affairs, spoke extensively about UPA’s accomplishments in the farm sector.