New Delhi,UPDATED: Aug 18, 2023 20:56 IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday shared a video on social media that shows him hosting the vegetable vendor Rameshwar who had gone viral on social media at his residence for lunch.
The Gandhi scion had met Rameshwar and his family on August 14 at his residence in New Delhi.
“Rameshwar ji is the voice of an India whose pains, issues and challenges are far away from the mainstream debate today. It is the moral responsibility of all of us to listen to the voice of India and cooperate in fighting the struggle,” Rahul Gandhi wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter) while sharing the video.
In the video, Rahul Gandhi can be seen interacting with the vegetable vendor and his family. Upon being called ‘sir’, Rahul Gandhi asked the vegetable vendor to address him by his name.
“Why are you calling me sir? My name is Rahul Gandhi. Don’t call me sir. Call me by my name,” Rahul Gandhi tells vegetable vendor Rameshwar.
The full clip of the video has been shared by Rahul Gandhi on YouTube. Watch the full video below:
When asked by Rahul Gandhi about the benefits he was getting through his hard work, Rameshwar said, “I get nothing. No one from the government heard me. You have listened to me and that is why I am sharing my pain with you. The poor are getting obliterated while the rich are getting richer.”
“I am a simple vegetable vendor. What you saw in the video that went viral on social media was reality. That day I had about Rs 1,500 with me but after getting to know the rates at which tomatoes were being sold at the wholesale market, I realised that I will not be able to buy anything. I had initially thought that coming to Delhi would be better for me and my family but things got worse as I was plunged into deep poverty,” Rameshwar tells Rahul Gandhi during the interaction.
Rahul Gandhi also spoke to Rameshwar’s wife and daughter.
“Do not bother about what others say when you are speaking the truth. Just stick to your path and work hard. The Congress had proposed the NYAY scheme under which the poor would be getting Rs 72,000 a year. Those earning crores are always given reliefs, but there’s nothing for the poor,” Rahul Gandhi said.
A video of Rameshwar had gone viral in July over his interview with The Lallantop, India Today’s sister channel, on the soaring prices of tomatoes. In a follow-up video, Rameshwar said he wanted to meet Rahul Gandhi.