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Sonia Gandhi slams govt for being “insensitive” towards farmers at Parliamentary meet

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday lashed out at the Modi government over farmers issues and accused it of being ‘insensitive’ towards farmers and common people of the country. Speaking at the Parliamentary Party meeting, Sonia asked the MPs to honour the sacrifice of farmers who died during the year-long protests against three farm laws.

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“Let’s honour the 700 farmers who sacrificed their lives (during their stir). Modi government is insensitive towards farmers & common people. The rise in prices of essential commodities is burning the monthly budget of every family,” she said.

She said that the grand old party stands with farmers’ demand for legally guaranteed MSP and compensation to families of farmers who died. “Congress will insist on the discussion in Parliament on challenges facing the agriculture sector,” she added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said not giving compensation and jobs to the kin of the farmers and not withdrawing police cases against them would be ‘big mistakes’. In the Lok Sabha, he even presented a list that had the names of all the farmers who died during the protests.

The Congress leaders have been vocal against the Modi government over farmers’ issues.

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On the suspension of 12 Opposition MPs from the Rajya Sabha, Sonia Gandhi termed the decision as outrageous and unprecedented. “It violates both Constitution and rules,” the Congress chief said.

Sonia Gandhi also sought a full-fledged discussion in Parliament on border situations and ties with neighbours. On the Nagaland firing incident, she said that the government’s regret over the incident is not enough and credible steps should be taken to prevent the recurrence of such tragedies.

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