He said the prime minister and the Uttar Pradesh government have forgotten the farmers and he is undertaking this yatra in order to put pressure on the prime minister to solve the farming crisis in India. He said the prime minister wanted to waive off loans of the rich but wasn't ready to do that in the case of farmers.

"Modiji must waive off loans taken by farmers in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere in the country," he said.

"We have embarked on this yatra to know the problems of the farmers and to help Modiji understand the situation too," the Congress leader added.

He also talked about the sugar mills in Deoria and said there were 17 sugar mills in the district but all of them are closed now. He blamed the Centre and the state government for their shutdown.

He also urged the government slash the electricity tariff by 50 per cent and hike the minimum support price given to farmers' produce.

While no one was allowed near the helipad or earlier when he landed with party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in Deoria, Gandhi later went to a Dalit settlement and interacted briefly with people there.

He offered prayers at a Shiva temple - Baba Dugdheshwarnath - and then started his Yatra in a specially designed bus.

Gandhi's office said the Yatra will cover 39 districts as well as 55 of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.

"Door-to-door campaign begins from village Pachladi. Met farmers and collected Kisan Maang Patras outlining their demands," Gandhi's official twitter handle said.

"Arrived in Rudrapur to a warm welcome and great enthusiasm. Join @INCIndia on this Kisan Yatra as we fight for rights of farmers, labourers and the poor," Gandhi tweeted earlier.

On way, the entourage was welcomed by crowds and students who showered rose petals on the vehicles. Gandhi repeatedly waved at them.