Raking up the issue of land acquisition in the mining belt of Korba, he questioned the development model of Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that Tribals do not stand to benefit from it and sought to corner the ruling BJP over issues like displacement due to coal mining and compensation against land acquisition.
The Congress vice-president promised the Tribals he will stand by them and also took a dig at the national media for not giving importance to Tribal issues.
"Modiji gives many lectures on development. Development should happen but my question is that what partake do Tribals have in that process...development should be for all. It should not happen for just two-three industrialists,” Rahul said.
Invoking the rights of 'jal, jangal and zameen (water, forest and land) of the inhabitants in the tribal state, the Congress leader said that Tribals lose their lifeline forest when the land is acquired for mining purposes and hence they must be made shareholders in development.
Rahul kicked off his two-day tour of Chhattisgarh from Kudmura village in Korba district, located around 300 kms from state capital Raipur, where he met villagers affected by the wild elephants menace in the region. He also met forest dwellers and villagers bearing the brunt of coal mining in Hasdeo-Arand coalfields.

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