Rahul Gandhi Sunday questioned Centre’s claim of farm laws benefiting the farmers and said, “If farmers are happy with these laws then why are they protesting across the nation? Why is every farmer in Punjab protesting? Gandhi further attacked the Centre for implementing the farm laws without any open discussion in the parliament and during a crisis like coronavirus.
Addressing the Kisaan Bachao rally at Badhni Kalan in Moga, Rahul Gandhi claimed that Prime Minister Modi has been lying to the people for the last six years. “This is a kathputli government whose strings are in the hands of the Adanis and Ambanis. These are the three black laws that have been passed. The Modi government wants to destroy the three pillars of Indian agriculture – MSP, foodgrain procurement and Mandis. What was the hurry to bring these laws in the times of Covid 19? Why was there no proper discussion in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha?, “ he asked.
Starting from Badhni Kalan in Moga, Rahul would be driving a tractor for 52 kms over the next three days and the convoy will move through rural and link roads, which are maintained by the Punjab Mandi Board utilising the funds collected by levying market fee and rural development fund (RDF) from the grain markets.
The final tour programme of Gandhi is yet to be finalised but according to the party’s preliminary plan, he will finish his tractor rallies in Punjab’s Patiala and attempt to enter Haryana through Pehowa on October 6. From Pehowa, he will reach Pipli in Kurukshetra, address a rally of farmers, shopkeepers and arhtiyas and then take the national highway to Delhi. Congress party is also exploring another route in Ambala for Gandhi’s entry into Haryana.
Navjot Sidhu attends Rahul Gandhi-led tractor rally in Punjab’s Moga
Punjab MLA and former cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday attended a tractor rally led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to protest against the Centre’s new farm laws. Addressing a public gathering here, Sidhu slammed the BJP-led Centre over the farm laws and dubbed them as an “attack on federal structure” and alleged the central government was being run by “capitalists”.
“They are robbing our rights,” he said, adding that the Centre had imposed a “system” which had failed in Europe and the US.
He said these new legislations would adversely affect five lakh labourers and 30,000 ”arthiyas” (commission agents). Sidhu said that the Punjab government should give minimum support price (MSP) on pulses and oilseeds and set up an infrastructure for the storage of crops.