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I will take your voice to the Parliament Mr. Rahul Gandhi

  • Congress Vice President, Mr. Rahul Gandhi meets members of fishing community at Versova village to listen to their concerns and demands
  • I am on your side and will push you, your youth and women forward, says Mr. Rahul Gandhi
  • After many decades, a national leader has come here to listen to our issues, they say.

It was an emotional moment for the members of the Koli community. As Congress Vice President, arrived at the beach next to Versova village, for many present there, it was reminiscent of the time when India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru met them. Here for an open discussion with one of the oldest fishing communities in India, Mr. Rahul Gandhi assured them of his support and promised to provide them greater participation and representation in political processes.

“At the core of your demands is the issue of representation. Real change will take place only when your voice is heard and when you are seen in the parliament and the state legislature …I am on your side and will push you, your youth and women forward,” he said.

From creating a separate ministry for fishing, to providing them with rights to land and reservation in government jobs, the men and women of the Koli community from Versova and other parts of the city candidly shared their demands with Mr. Rahul Gandhi. Mr Gandhi assured them that he will work towards reducing the pressures that they face in their day-to-day life and earning a livelihood.

From creating a separate ministry for fishing, to providing them with rights to land and reservation in government jobs, the men and women of the Koli community from Versova and other parts of the city candidly shared their demands with Mr. Rahul Gandhi. Mr Gandhi assured them that he will work towards reducing the pressures that they face in their day-to-day life and earning a livelihood.

The interaction was organized at the fish market on the beach next to the village. It drew Koli community members from all over the city. The narrow by lanes of the village were buzzing with activity since morning. Dressed in traditional attire, Koli men and women who were eagerly waiting for their leader were satisfied with the discussion. “I am glad he met us. It gave us an opportunity to talk about our issues,” said 43-year old Sachin Thanekar of Koli Mahasangh, an organization dedicated to the development of Koli community. He added that the community is unique because its members are spread among all religions. “We accept all cultures. There has never been communal tension here”.

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