RCEP move: Priyanka Gandhi terms it farmers, Congress workers’ victory

New Delhi, Nov 4 After the Narendra Modi government was compelled by Congress led Opposition, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), not to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi said it was farmers’ victory and thanked the party workers.

Congress took credit for India not joining the RCEP, saying the “forceful opposition” by it and its leader Rahul Gandhi had made the government “back down”.

In a series of tweets here on Monday, Congress national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “A forceful opposition by the Congress and Rahul Gandhi ensured that the BJP government back down from bartering the interests of farmers, dairy producers, fishermen, small and medium businesses at the altar of political expediency.”

“A victory for all fighting for protecting national interests,” he tweeted.

His remarks came soon after the government rejected to be part of the 16-nation RCEP trade deal, saying it was not shying away from opening up to global competition across sectors but had made a strong case for an outcome that is favourable to all countries and all sectors.

India will not be part of the the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP — which will be the world’s largest free trade pact of 16 nations. India has called for a “mutually beneficial RCEP in which all sides gain reasonably”. All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a coalition of over 250 farmer organisations in the country,

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