New Delhi: Accusing BJP-led central government of destroying the livelihoods of farmers by its contentious ‘farm laws’, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on Friday, reiterated the demands of protestors to repeal these ‘black laws’, as what farmers call it.
“We all should understand the three farm laws. The first law destroys the mandi system, the second law allows unlimited storage of grains and other material and will make it impossible to negotiate prices and the third one says that if the farmers have grievances they can’t go to court,” Mr. Gandhi said.
Talking about the different aspects of these alleged ‘anti-farmer laws’, he said that it is obvious why the farmers are agitating. “The laws are going to give the middle class a shock because the prices of food are going to go up,” while adding that what is being done to the farmers is absolutely criminal as they are being beaten up, threatened and discredited by the government.
The Congress leader sees scraping of the laws only way to put an stop to this agitation. “The only solution is to repeal the laws and put them in a wastepaper basket. The government must not think that the farmers are going to go home because they are not. This situation is going to spread. We need a conversation with the farmers and we need a solution,” he said.
Responding to Republic day Red fort chaos, Rahul Gandhi said we should think about how the farmers were able to reach the iconic fort.
To strengthen their protest against Centre’s farm laws, farmers had planned to take out tractor rally on Republic day, but as some of the protesting groups deviated from the agreed upon route and started to storm into the parts of central Delhi including historic Red Fort and hoisting their symbolic religious flag on the rampart of the fort.
“Was it not the job of the home ministry to ensure that they didn’t enter the fort? What was the reason behind allowing them inside the Red Fort? We should ask these questions to the home minister,” he said.
The leader further encouraged the farmers to carry on the agitation and assured them of his support. “Do not step back even one inch. Fight for your rights. Do not let these people steal away your future. We are with you,” he said.