Congress leader Rahul Gandhi sharpened attack on PM Narendra Modi over the farmer protests saying there is ‘no democracy’ in India and those who oppose the Prime Minister are labelled terrorists. ‘PM Modi is making money for the crony capitalists and whoever will try to stand against him will be called a terrorist: be it farmers, labourers or even Mohan Bhagwat,’ the Congress leader said.
Rahul Gandhi made the statement after submitting a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind which contained two crore signatures against the controversial farm laws.
Blaming the Centre for the current situation, the Congress leader said democracy in India exists only in our imagination, not in reality. He raised the demand for convening a joint session of Parliament to repeal the agriculture laws and resolve the farmer crisis.
‘I want to tell the Prime Minister that these farmers are not going back home until these farm laws are repealed. The government should convene a joint session of Parliament and take back these laws. The opposition parties stand with the farmers and labourers,” he added.
Earlier today, Congress leaders were taken into police custody after they were denied permission to hold a march against the farm laws. Delhi Police detained Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other party leaders for taking out a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet the President.
Rahul Gandhi called the farmer protests a ‘Satyagraha’ and urged the people to support the farmers agitating against the three farm laws passed by the central government.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address farmers from six states and release Rs 18,000 crore as part of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme on December 25.
Farmers are protesting at the Delhi borders since November 26 against the new farm laws. The government has held several rounds of talks with the farmers, but they adamant on repealing the laws. On December 8, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with the 13 representatives of farm unions. A day later, farm leaders rejected the proposal sent by the Centre.