"I challenge Rahul Gandhi, who is typical in handling the situation, to go to Congress-ruled states, especially Karnataka, where a large number of farmer suicides happened during the last few months," she told reporters here.
    
Referring to Gandhi's visits to Tamil Nadu and Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh to meet farmers, she said he should have at least gone to Maharashtra, where highest number of farmer suicides took place during the previous Congress regime.
    
She also sought to know what solutions he offered for these deaths.
    
On his opposition to the Land Bill, Sitharaman, who is the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, said from the tone of Gandhi's assertion that he would not allow even a piece of land to be acquired by the government, it appeared that he was against development.
    
She also blamed Gandhi for the withdrawal of a project by POSCO in Odisha, after he called himself a 'sipahi' when he visited the tribals in the state.
    
“After all, for whose benefit the land was being acquired, to build bridges, roads and other infrastructure,” she added.

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