Jaipur: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Rajasthan tractor rally was all colored in political hues, so was his red-and-green pagri (turban) around his head and his varied range of verbal attacks that he launched on Modi-led central government while driving a tractor- with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasara sitting on either side.
Addressing farmers in Ajmer district, the former Congress chief said, “Sabse bada business krishi ka business hain… 40 lakh crore ka business hai aur 40 per cent population ispe nirbhar hai (The biggest business in India is agriculture… it is a ₹ 40 lakh crore business and 40 per cent of the population depends on this business).”
“Modiji chahte hai ye doh mitron ke hawale ho (Modiji wants to surrender this to his two friends),” he said, mocking centre’s stand on agriculture laws, that it will benefit a few large corporate firms at the expense of lakhs of small and marginal farmers.
Extending his outreach to Rajasthan farmers protesting the centre’s new agriculture laws, Mr Gandhi is in the region and this rally was the second part of his politically motivated visit. During his campaign in Hanumangarh and Ganganagar, on Friday he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi “would not stand before China but threatens farmers”.
Meanwhile, the venues for today’s rallies; Kishangarh and Roopangarh, were chosen for a number of reasons, including their central location, which allows farmers from neighbouring districts to converge and, potentially, allowing the political ripples of the rally to be felt across the state.
Furthermore, former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot also stepped into the farmers’ movement, last week.