On a tour of villages which have witnessed a number of suicides hit by the agrarian distress, the 44-year-old Amethi MP visited the family of farmer Velma Rajeshwar, who had ended his life due to debt burden. He also met the family of another farmer, who allegedly committed suicide and gave his wife a cheque of Rs 2 lakh.

Telangana Congress leaders said Gandhi's visit and his foot march in solidarity with the farmers would instill a sense of confidence among them.

The main Opposition Congress, TDP and BJP allege that hundreds of farmers have committed suicide due to the agrarian distress in Telangana since the TRS Government assumed office in June last, a charge denied by the state administration.

The ruling TRS, meanwhile, said the Congress should not play politics on farmer issues. "A democratic country like India needs a strong Opposition. Rahul Gandhi and Congress should focus on issues that don't backfire on them. Selective amnesia will not serve their interests," TRS MP K Visweswar Reddy said in a statement.

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